Asbestos is a mineral-based material that used to be commonly used in buildings as a flame-retardant and/or insulator.

However, its use is now prohibited, as asbestos can cause a range of serious illnesses, including cancer. It needs to be removed by an authorised, specialist company which can be an expensive process so if you encounter this problem it may be sensible to obtain an estimate of this cost.

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