Asbestos is a common ingredient found in older homes and buildings. It’s a component used in paint, insulation, wall coatings, flooring, and various other structural pieces. However, over time, it has become less of a useful ingredient and more of a potential health risk. More and more homeowners and business owners are taking advantage of asbestos surveys to locate potential sources of the material and then taking steps to remove it from the building, or at least contain it so there is no potential health risk to occupants, especially if an internal or external refurbish is planned for that building.
Do I Really Need a Survey?
This will depend on your situation and what your future plans are with the building in question. Since a survey is not a legal requirement, it is a great way to ensure the health and safety of yourself and those who will be spending a lot of time within the building. A survey will provide a thorough search of the entire building to locate potentially risky materials. Once located, the survey team will determine what type of asbestos it is and what condition it’s currently in. If in poor condition, it may be in your best interest to inquire about a removal or encasing process to keep health risks low now and in the future. Click here to get more information.
Which Survey is Right for Me?
There are normally two surveys which will depend on the building and its future. The first is done on buildings that are still standing and will continue to be used as they are. This is a thorough but minimally damaging survey to locate the sources, whether they are in ceilings, paint, floor or internal building construction components. The second option is for buildings which will be remodelled or demolished. Only choose this survey if you will be knocking down certain walls as the team will be extremely thorough and destructive in some cases. They will access areas behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings. You may find some holes in walls you were not expecting, so if you are not already planning on removing certain rooms or the entire building, it’s best to stick with the first option. When in doubt, you can always ask the team directly. They will be happy to explain their own search and reporting process to help make your decision easier.
If you’re planning a remodel or rebuild of your property, it’s a great idea to inquire about asbestos surveys in Huddersfield. Contact the team at ACS Health Safety & Environment for more information!