Moving into a new home should be an exciting time, especially if you’re a first-time buyer, but there are still of course a number of precautions to keep in mind. Though a standard home survey should flag up any risks and potential complications, the nature of asbestos means that it can be hidden away in materials and other areas, making a detailed asbestos survey necessary if there are any lingering doubts in your mind. Read ahead and let the industry specialists at Evans Asbestos guide you through everything from how surveys work, to warning signs you may have an issue with asbestos in your new home.
A Dangerous Material
Infamously discovered to contain harmful properties in the 1970s, asbestos is a dangerous fibre, and as a result, material and items containing it are an existing hazard. When asbestos fibres are breathed in, even in small amounts, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over a period, these tiny fibres can accumulate, causing scarring and inflammation - which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems in some circumstances. A common worry for many who interact with buildings during construction jobs, as a homeowner you could just as easily disrupt a source of it if you aren’t careful.
There is absolutely no legal requirement to hold asbestos information as a homeowner, though being aware of your situation is certainly important if you’re looking to hire contractors or construction workers to make adjustments within your property. Increasingly, an asbestos survey is needed legally before purchasing a home, and this can highlight the presence of asbestos, even becoming a point for negotiation in some instances. If you’re yet to purchase a property, and would like to know for sure, a formal survey from an asbestos contractor is often suggested.
The Survey Explained
At Evans Asbestos, we offer management and demolition or refurbishment surveys, but can also provide re-inspection surveys to periodically inspect the condition of known asbestos in buildings. This means that we can thoroughly and regularly cast our eye over your domestic space and the conditions, using our professional judgement, equipment and expertise to inform you of your situation and the actions needed to return your home to a safe environment. The sooner you do this, the better, so don’t be afraid to pick up your phone and call us for a friendly consultation. We may even be able to offer you a quote.
All inspections are completed by fully qualified and P402 trained technicians, therefore our professionalism is evidenced in our work. You will need an inspection to comply with Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, so if you’re looking to reduce the risk of illness and harm from existing asbestos, or you need traces to be removed altogether, our team can carry out surveys, issue follow-up reports and provide detailed asbestos management plans.
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