If you feel that you might have asbestos in your London home, whether you’re carrying out major renovations, or whether a historic building is about to be demolished, it’s important to get a professional asbestos survey done as soon as possible. You should never try and remove asbestos yourself, and you should always make sure that you’re hiring a reputable company to carry out the asbestos survey for you. The last thing you want is to find that you’ve been exposed to asbestos, which can cause a whole host of problems including cancer. So if you think that there might be some asbestos in your home, you should contact a professional asbestos survey company as soon as possible.
A good asbestos survey company will be able to test your home for asbestos, and identify where it’s located in your home. They’ll be able to assess whether the asbestos you have in your home is a good condition. If it’s not a good condition, then the company will be able to advise you on how to deal with the problem. There are many different companies that can provide you with asbestos removal services, and the best way to identify the one that is right for you is by looking for a company who specialises in asbestos surveys.
Not all asbestos surveying companies specialise in asbestos surveys. Some companies will only conduct routine surveys, looking to identify whether or not there is any asbestos in a building which has been deemed to be in a good condition by a previous survey. Other asbestos surveying companies will specialise in conducting concentrated surveys, meaning that they’ll search out houses which may contain a particular amount of asbestos. These concentrates could be located in places which are particularly prone to the dangerous particles, such as around gas appliances and heating systems, or close to asbestos containing materials, such as ceiling tiles.
As well as using qualified staff, accredited laboratories should be used to carry out any asbestos survey. It is very important that an accredited laboratory carries out the survey properly. This is because the health of those who may come into contact with the asbestos should always be considered, and it’s also important that any material found to be contaminated with the deadly substance is completely removed. The use of non-authorised asbestos containing materials in houses is strictly prohibited, and if asbestos is found inside or on a property then it must be destroyed. If asbestos is found on or within a building which has been declared to be uninhabitable as a result of a compulsory Demolition Order, then it must be left there and removed by a suitable asbestos survey company.
If asbestos is found inside a building, then it’s very likely that there could be a high level of health risk. As the fibres can’t be seen to the eye, the levels of asbestos exposure would depend on how much of the structure has been disturbed. However, this is rarely the case, as buildings will be left standing for long periods of time, and so the chances of anyone walking around undetected are highly unlikely. Surveys carried out on buildings containing asbestos show that as many as 70% of occupants may be exposed to some asbestos materials. Of course, this figure is likely to be lower when you consider only a small number of occupants will be using the space at any one time.
In the case of suspect materials such as asbestos roofing, insulation and wall claddings, it’s best to have your buildings inspected by a real estate due diligence company. They’ll carry out all the necessary investigations, as well as interviewing surveyors and experts. They’ll then take the information they’ve gathered and map out all the possibilities. Once they’ve mapped out all the possible asbestos exposure areas, they’ll call you for bids from all of the providers of the suspect materials. When you receive your bids, you’ll be able to choose which ones to include in your buildings survey.
As soon as you’ve chosen the asbestos survey company you’d like to work with, your contract will be drawn up. The contract will list the duties, and the responsibilities of each individual surveyor. Asbestos surveyors are required to do some preliminary works, and they must also complete a thorough inspection of the structure. After this, they’ll be in charge of the actual removal and recycling of any asbestos waste. If the construction workers find asbestos debris during their own inspection, they must immediately report this information to the asbestos survey company.
Removing asbestos from your home or business is never a pleasant experience. It can also be quite dangerous, and so it’s always good to hire a qualified professional to conduct asbestos surveys, as well as to oversee the whole demolition process. An asbestos survey can identify problems in one area of the building, or even in an entire section of it. If you choose the right company to help with asbestos removal, you’ll be able to rest assured that the project is well-managed, and that your home or business will be left in the same condition it was before the demolition.