If you know you need to have your property surveyed for asbestos risk, then you’ll want to understand what to expect from the process.
Where could there be asbestos in my home?
Asbestos can hide in some places that you wouldn’t expect. Although it is a banned substance now, the majority of UK homes built between 1930 and 1999 are likely to have it present somewhere. Asbestos was used in cement products, textured ceilings, as an insulator and fireproof barrier, in boilers and even toilet cisterns, as well as in some floor tiles, textiles and composites.
What kind of survey do I need?
This will depend on what you plan on doing with your property. If you just need to know whether you have asbestos in your home, then a Management Survey will be sufficient to tell you whether it is there, where it is, and what condition it is in.
What if my survey finds asbestos?
The presence of asbestos in itself is not necessarily a worry – if it is still in good condition and is not disturbed or exposed, then it will not cause any harm. If you are buying a property and asbestos is present, you may wish to consider the price of removal and replacement when settling on a price, especially if you are aware that the property needs renovations.
What to expect from your surveyor
You will be informed which areas of the home the surveyor will need to access. You will always be fully informed of any risks, including any damage to the property which may occur in the process of determining the presence and condition of asbestos. Your surveyor will explain what you need to know about your property in a way that you can understand, to help you make the important decisions about what to do next.
If you intend to carry out any refurbishments, then you will need a more detailed Refurbishment and Demolition Survey, which will assess the condition of the asbestos, and the level of risk that would be involved in carrying out any work on it. You would be informed of what measures need to be taken to remove and replace the asbestos, and any costs involved.