It is a very exciting time when you are going through the process of buying a new house. However, there are always plenty of stresses and challenges that have to be faced, and if you have received the information from the general study and see that there is asbestos present should you be considering full asbestos surveys?
At Artisan Environmental we understand how important it is to understand the dangers of asbestos, and if you are buying a house, first think about this important question.
Where Could I Find Asbestos in the Home?
Asbestos is a dangerous material, with fibres causing potential fatalities in those who inhale them. Symptoms might not be found for many decades in some cases, and the extent to which asbestos was used until it was banned in the UK, means that it is still present in many different types of properties and structures in the UK. White asbestos was banned in construction in 1999, whilst the use of brown and blue asbestos was banned in 1985. Any houses built before these dates could potentially have asbestos present – you could find it in Artex, in asbestos floor and ceiling tiles, in cement sheeting, used as insulation on gas pipes, airing cupboards, and around boilers.
Does a House Survey Check for Asbestos?
Not all house surveys include an asbestos survey, and if you are in the middle of buying or selling a house and you are worried about the presence of asbestos, now is a good time to think about your options. Asbestos testing services, such as the one that Artisan Environmental provides, allows you to sleep soundly, knowing that you have uncovered all potential hazards in the property you are about to buy or sell, leaving no hidden items that could potentially be hazardous to the people living in the property in the future (whether that is you and your family, or the people you are selling your home to).
The Process of a House Survey and Asbestos
Not all house surveys will discover asbestos, but even those that do look for it will only recommend that asbestos is present. If you are alerted to this, it is important that you seek out professional advice as early as possible in the process. Any ACMs that are found in a property must be tested for asbestos further, and then potentially removed using the licensed services of an asbestos removal team, such as Artisan Environmental.
The team at Artisan Environmental has an extensive history of providing a thorough asbestos testing service to our clients. We have helped out a wide range of clients in a wide range of situations, and when it comes to assisting with an asbestos survey of a house that is about to be purchased, we are more than happy to help. There is nothing worse than buying a property to find out that there are problems present that were not detected during the house survey. Not all house surveys will include an asbestos survey, and with our help you can identify all potential areas of a property where asbestos-containing materials might be present. If this is the case, we’ll offer expert advice as to what the next steps should be, including the use of our licensed asbestos removal service.
Our team of asbestos surveyors understands the risks associated with asbestos, and we will undertake a full and thorough analysis of the location and condition of all asbestos on the property. If it requires removal we can conduct a safe asbestos removal service that makes the property as safe as it can be prior to you moving in to your new home.
For more information about our expert asbestos services, our team are happy to help. Please visit us at Artisan Environmental Ltd today.
Further information can be found in our other blogs; How to Safely Test for Asbestos, How to Remove Asbestos From your Home and When to use a Licensed Contractor for Testing Asbestos in your Home.