Asbestos FAQs

Below you will find our frequently asked questions about asbestos. If you have any questions please get in contact us a call on 01242 234427.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral mined from the ground. It is highly resistant to heat and chemicals, making it a very good building product. Unfortunately however, its resistance also makes it dangerous when inhaled.

Could there be asbestos in my property?

Possibly, but that doesn’t mean it is unsafe. Asbestos was used in a wide range of products, some of them more dangerous than others. Other factors to consider are how likely the item is to be damaged or disturbed. If you are concerned, contact us for more information.

Do Artex textured coatings contain asbestos?

Sometimes, yes, but there is no way of knowing for certain without testing. Contact us to arrange an appointment for sampling.

I own a commercial property. What are my responsibilities?

Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 states that buildings constructed prior to 2000 should have an asbestos management plan in place. In order to compile the asbestos management plan, an asbestos survey should be carried out. We can help not only with your initial survey, but also help you to compile your management plan to ensure full compliance.

How long will I wait for an appointment?

If you need an urgent appointment, we can usually provide a next day service at no extra cost.

How long will I wait for my results?

For individual samples, we can provide the results within 24-48hrs. For surveys, we aim to provide the full report within 5 working days, or sooner if required.

What materials contain asbestos?

Typical materials encountered every day include textured coatings, vinyl floor tiles, corrugated cement sheets, WC cisterns, electrical equipment, boilers, flue pipes, sink pads, wall panels, plus many more. Asbestos was used in thousands of products, way too many to list here. Contact us if you have concerns regarding a particular material.

I am buying a residential property. Do I need an asbestos survey?

Your solicitor or bank may insist on an asbestos survey being carried out. We provide some of the lowest quotations in the UK for asbestos surveys of residential properties. Contact us for a quotation.

I am buying a commercial property. Do I need an asbestos survey?

We highly recommend carrying out an asbestos survey in order to protect your investment from future unknown maintenance and re-sale costs. In addition, many banks are now insisting on an asbestos survey being carried out prior to purchase.

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