What is a water absorption test?

This is a separate test carried out to determine whether a positive sample is to be classified as an insulation board or cement product. This information is important when developing the correct removal method. A water absorption test should be carried out on a suitable sample (i.e. a minimum of 3 cm x 3 cm [...]

2020-11-30T13:12:36+00:00November 30th, 2020|

What is the difference between a bulk sample test and a full asbestos survey?

A bulk analysis sample will simply report whether the material you have sampled contains asbestos, and if positive, the asbestos fibre type. Results are reported by means of a certificate of analysis. An asbestos survey (either a Management or Major Refurbishment/Demolition) involves a surveyor led inspection of the whole property or tailored scope of work. [...]

2020-11-30T12:55:43+00:00November 30th, 2020|

How do I take a sample?

We recommend you take a moment review our step by step instruction manual provided with your kit which will guide you through the sampling process.

2020-11-30T12:55:53+00:00November 30th, 2020|

My builder suspects we have asbestos, what test do I need?

Don’t panic. The first thing to do is take a bulk sample of the material to confirm whether it contains asbestos. This can be achieved using either our full sampling kit or sample analysis service depending on your individual needs. If the sample does contain asbestos, the material will need to be risk assessed by [...]

2020-11-30T12:56:12+00:00November 30th, 2020|

What if my house is very old?

Although houses built pre-1900 are unlikely to contain any constructional asbestos, it is common that anything added post construction e.g. heating installations, electrical works, renovations and extensions may have involved the use of asbestos containing materials of different types.

2020-11-30T12:56:57+00:00November 30th, 2020|

Where would I find asbestos in my house?

Asbestos containing materials can be found in a wide range of products used during construction or renovation. This however will greatly depend on the age of your property and the extent of any refurbishments or extensions. Generally however, asbestos in domestic properties are found in things like textured coatings to walls and ceilings, floor coverings [...]

2020-11-30T12:45:54+00:00November 30th, 2020|

Why Was Asbestos used in construction?

Asbestos fibres exhibit a wide range of properties that make them ideal for use in many different building applications across the domestic, commercial and industrial property sectors. Asbestos was also relatively easy to locate and transport, available in large quantities across the world and cheap to refine. The UK alone imported over 6.2 million tonnes [...]

2020-11-30T12:44:26+00:00November 30th, 2020|

Why is asbestos dangerous

Asbestos is dangerous when the asbestos fibres are released into the air from damaged materials or when the materials are moved, sawn, cut, broken or abraded. The asbestos fibres are so tiny they pass deep into the lungs and your natural defences are unable to remove the fibres from the lungs. They build up in [...]

2020-11-30T12:44:15+00:00November 12th, 2019|