Prior to 1999, asbestos was widely used in the construction industry. Present in both residential and commercial buildings, asbestos was used in a variety of materials, such as textiles and floor tiles. In addition to this, asbestos was often present in structural materials, such as cement products or fireproof barriers.
Although the dangers of asbestos are now widely recognised, it is still present in many buildings. Whilst undisturbed asbestos may not be dangerous to your health, if it is exposed or moved, it could be hazardous.
Commissioning asbestos surveys
Confirming whether asbestos is present in your home via a survey could confirm whether your health is at risk and will enable you to decide whether to have it professionally removed. A Management Survey, for example, will confirm whether asbestos is present and, if so, where it is and what condition it is in.
Even if you decide to leave the asbestos untouched, you’ll be aware of the potential dangers and will be able to avoid disturbing the material with future renovations. However, with many buildings undergoing refurbishments or having extensions added, it’s possible that existing asbestos may have been disturbed.
If so, you and your family could be at risk of contracting an asbestos-related illness. The severity of these types of illnesses is extremely concerning and, as a result, you may wish to ensure that asbestos is fully removed from your property.
If you’re considering making changes to your home, a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey will provide a more detailed assessment of the risk that the asbestos presents, as well as information regarding the removal of the substance and the potential costs involved.
Ensuring your future home is safe
If you’re planning on renovating your property or adding an extension, it’s vital that you identify the presence of asbestos prior to carrying out any work. Building work is likely to disturb asbestos and will, therefore, present a risk to your health and safety if it’s already present in your property.
Although the substance may pose a risk to your health, asbestos surveys and asbestos removal audits are an effective way to identify any potential dangers and will enable you to arrange professional asbestos removal, if necessary.