What Is Asbestos Surveying?
Before we discuss what an asbestos survey is, it is good to get a better understanding of what asbestos is and why it is such a hazardous material first. Well, asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral, and there are six types of asbestos. These are all composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, with each fibre being composed of many microscopic fibrils.
It is these fibrils that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion, so if the asbestos is disturbed or damaged. Once airborne, these fibrils can become breathable, entering the lungs. It is this that can lead to serious health issues, which is why asbestos became a banned substance in the late 90s.
So, now that you know a little more about asbestos, it’s time to discuss asbestos surveys. Asbestos surveying, Esher clients, is a service where our qualified team of professionals will visit your property and survey it for any asbestos-containing materials.
We are thorough in our asbestos surveys, ensuring every area of your property is inspected, and we provide full written reports with photographic evidence once we complete the survey. We can then recommend further action if asbestos is located in your property.
But do you need an asbestos survey? Well, if you are living in a home that was built before the year 2000, you might need to have an asbestos survey as there is a chance asbestos is in your property. This is because it was widely used in the construction industry up until the late 90s, when it was banned for being hazardous.
Additionally, if you own or manage a non-domestic property, it is a legal requirement to carry out asbestos assessments under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.