Does a House Survey Check for Asbestos?

Not all house surveys check for asbestos, 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 Surveyors 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)./

Where Would 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.

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 Surveyors.

The team at Artisan Surveyors 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.

If you would like to find out more information about the asbestos testing service we offer, the team here at Artisan Surveyors is always happy to help. Our full and thorough asbestos management service could also be useful, ensuring that the home you are buying or selling has been fully investigated for asbestos and is clear of any dangers. To find out more please contact us today on 02380 982 598 or office@artisansurveyors.co.uk.