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What To Expect From A Professional Asbestos Survey

Updated: Apr 26

Asbestos-containing materials have been banned in the UK since 1999, meaning it is illegal to import, sell or supply these substances. Despite this, many asbestos reserves are yet to be uncovered, particularly in older buildings or commercial sites. These hazardous materials may still be found in insulation, pipework or roofing materials, where disturbing these deposits could cause harmful fibres to be released into the environment.


If you suspect that there are asbestos-containing materials in your home or building, it is vital that you proceed with caution. Evacuate and seal off the property immediately, after which you should contact an asbestos professional to assess the site. An asbestos survey will identify what materials have been used in order to work out how to proceed with removals and disposal.


Read on to find out more about what to expect from a professional asbestos survey.

Initial Inspection

Your asbestos surveyors will carry out an initial visual inspection of your property, where they will wear an array of personal protective clothing in order to complete this task safely. They will examine the site you are concerned about as well as the rest of the property to ensure that the whole building has been thoroughly examined.


The experts may be able to identify asbestos-containing materials by sight alone, but in other cases further sampling and analysis may be required. In these instances, samples will be taken with extreme caution and with the help of specialist equipment to avoid releasing harmful fibres into the air, where they will then be scrutinised under laboratory conditions.

Risk Assessment

Once the initial survey and analysis is complete, your asbestos team will then draw up a risk assessment containing their findings. This will either confirm or deny the presence of asbestos. If asbestos-containing materials are present, then the assessment will detail the type and extent of the installation, with advice on how best to proceed.

Next Steps

After the risk assessment has been completed, your asbestos team will then help you to make your property safe again. This may mean encapsulation, removal or continual monitoring of the asbestos site, according to the findings of the survey. These steps will be taken with the utmost care, where you will only be allowed to re-enter the building if no asbestos fibres are detected.

Evans Asbestos Ltd: Asbestos Surveying & Removal Services

We’re on hand to provide both management and refurbishment surveys to suit the needs of your property, where we also offer re-inspection surveys to monitor existing asbestos sites. Our fully qualified technicians will always prioritise your safety when it comes to finding the best route forward, whether you require encapsulation services or an extensive removal.


Get in touch with us today to find out more about our professional asbestos solutions.

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