The cost of Asbestos Surveys varies greatly and depends on a number of factors: the size of the property, the number of potential asbestos containing materials (ACM) and the number (if any) of test samples required.
Complete the form above and you will instantly receive initial estimates from a number of Asbestos Surveyors with full contact details.; You can then contact them directly and discuss your requirement in detail.
The estimates you will receive are not quotations they are guideline prices for the Asbestos Surveyor to visit your property and carry out an initial investigation. Having done the investigation, the Surveyor will then be able to provide a report outlining further steps that need to be considered and an give you an indication of likely further costs, if there are any. It is likely that these costs may vary considerably depending on the type of survey required. There are two types of surveys:
Management Survey carried out as part of risk control in an occupied building. This was previously called a Type 1 or Type 2 Survey.
Demolition/Refurbishment Survey carried out prior to work starting so the asbestos can first be safely removed. This was previously called a Type 3 Survey. This survey is destructive as even hidden asbestos containing materials must be identified.
It is important to understand that a Management Survey (number 1 above) will not provide a list of all asbestos containing materials, just those which present a risk to people in the building during normal occupancy. If building work or demolition is planned a fully intrusive survey will be needed. A competent asbestos survey will provide further advice.
Before placing an order for a Survey you should ensure for yourself that the Surveyor has suitable qualifications, accreditation, experience and insurance for the work you require. Surveyors carrying out inspections will normally have the qualifications BOHS P402 and P405.
Asbestos: General Overview
There are 6 types of asbestos. Only 3 have been widely used in building materials:
It is generally accepted that blue asbestos is the most dangerous, followed by brown and then white, although the material with which the asbestos was mixed is an important added risk factor. If the fibres are well bonded the material is of a lower risk as fibres are less likely to be released and to become airborne. With high risk materials even minor disturbance can release significant quantities of fibres.
It is quite possible that you will have asbestos in your property.While you should be wary of this there might not be any great cause for alarm. Asbestos can cause lung cancer if inhaled as a fine dust and as such things containing asbestos should never be sawed, sanded, drilled, brushed or disturbed in any way that might result in the production of dust or fibres. Provided asbestos is not disturbed, the likelihood of major problems developing is very much reduced.
Most people know what an asbestos roof looks like but very few home owners realise that asbestos can also be found in quite a diverse range of relatively common building products. Some of these are as follows:
Asbestos wall panels.
Some sound proofing wall panels.
Asbestos ceiling panels.
Some insulation materials used in ceilings.
Asbestos roofing material.
Some felt roof lining materials.
Some vinyl floor tiles.
Asbestos fire blankets.
Some acoustic ceiling tiles.
Some soffit panels (located under the eaves).
Some insulation materials used to lag hot water cylinders and hot water pipes.
Some hessian covered cork notice boards.
Some artex type wall and ceiling coverings.
Some bricks used in night storage heaters.
Some bricks and products used in fireplaces.
The Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 has meant that owners of commercial and communal premises must make have a plan to manage asbestos in their property. They must ensure that any asbestos present is not disturbed in a way that may result in a hazard to health.
At the time of writing there is no UK legislation covering requirements for home owners to manage the asbestos in their homes. However, some industry sources believe that legislation to address this will eventually be introduced. Whether or not this happens it would be wise for a purchaser to consider the possible presence of asbestos before agreeing to buy a property.
The removal of asbestos from a building is a very complex and costly process and should only be carried out by a licensed contractor. They will ensure that the removal is carried out safely and that the asbestos, once removed, is taken to a licensed disposal site where it will not cause a hazard to other people.
More information about asbestos surveys can be found in the HSE document; Surveying, sampling and assessment of asbestos-containing materials, MDHS-100. A good website is www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos .
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