#How Is An Asbestos Test Carried Out In Hampshire
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once used frequently in the construction industry due to its heat-resistant properties. Despite the fact that asbestos is now known to be a carcinogenic substance, there are still buildings in Hampshire and other parts of the UK that contain asbestos.
If you own a building that was built before 1999, there is a good chance that it contains asbestos. It is in your best interest to have an asbestos survey carried out on your property to identify any asbestos-containing materials and assess the risk they pose to your health.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is an asbestos testing company in Hampshire that provides asbestos surveys for properties in Hampshire and the South East of England. Our team of fully qualified and experienced asbestos specialists can carry out the survey and provide you with a detailed report on the findings. This report will help you identify whether or not there is a risk of asbestos exposure in your property.
##What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in rocks and soil. Asbestos minerals are made up of tiny fibres that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Asbestos fibres are strong, flexible, and heat-resistant, which makes them an ideal material for use in the construction industry.
Asbestos was used extensively in the UK from the 1950s until the late 1990s in a range of building materials such as ceiling tiles, floor tiles, insulation boards, and pipe lagging. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Asbestos is only dangerous when it is disturbed or damaged. If asbestos-containing materials are in good condition and are not disturbed or damaged, they are not a risk to health. However, if asbestos-containing materials are damaged or need to be removed, special precautions need to be taken to ensure that exposure to asbestos fibres is minimised.
##What is an asbestos survey?
An asbestos survey is a detailed inspection of a property to identify any asbestos-containing materials. The survey will identify the type of asbestos-containing materials, the location of the materials, and the condition of the materials. An asbestos survey is essential for any property built before 1999, as this is when the use of asbestos in construction was banned.
There are two types of asbestos survey: a management survey and a refurbishment/demolition survey.
A management survey is designed to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.
The survey will usually involve a visual inspection of the building and a sampling of any suspected ACMs. The samples will be analysed by a UKAS-accredited laboratory to confirm whether or not they contain asbestos.
The survey will result in a report that identifies any ACMs discovered and assesses their condition. If any ACMs are identified as being in poor condition, the report will recommend appropriate action to be taken.
The management survey will not include any destructive inspection or lifting of carpets and floor coverings.
A refurbishment/demolition survey is normally required for all refurbishment and demolition work. The survey will identify all ACMs so they can be removed before any refurbishment or demolition work takes place.
The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment/demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out.
##How is an asbestos survey carried out?
An asbestos survey is carried out by a qualified and experienced asbestos surveyor. The surveyor will start by assessing the condition of the property and identifying any areas of concern. They will then carry out a visual inspection of the property, looking for any signs of asbestos-containing materials.
If there are any suspected asbestos-containing materials, the surveyor will take samples to confirm whether or not the material does contain asbestos fibers.
Samples will be taken from a range of materials, such as cement, insulation, and floor tiles. The samples will be sealed and transported to a UKAS-accredited laboratory for analysis. The results of the analysis will be included in the survey report.
Once the survey is complete, the surveyor will provide you with a detailed report that identifies any asbestos-containing materials and assesses the risk they pose to your health. The report will also include recommendations for managing or removing any identified asbestos-containing materials.
##Why choose Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire?
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is a specialist asbestos testing company in Hampshire. Our team of fully qualified and experienced asbestos specialists can provide you with a comprehensive asbestos survey that identifies any asbestos-containing materials and assesses the risk they pose to your health.
We use only the latest technology and equipment to carry out asbestos surveys and take great care to ensure that all samples are taken safely and hygienically. Our survey reports are delivered promptly and contain all the information you need to make informed decisions about your property.
We are also a licensed asbestos removal company and can provide you with a cost-effective solution for removing any asbestos-containing materials from your property.
If you own a building that was built before 1999, it is important to have an asbestos survey carried out to identify any asbestos-containing materials and assess the risk they pose to your health. Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is an asbestos testing company in Hampshire that provides comprehensive asbestos surveys for properties in Hampshire and the South East of England.
Our team of fully qualified and experienced asbestos specialists can carry out an asbestos survey on your property and provide you with a detailed report on the findings. Our survey reports are delivered promptly and contain all the information you need to make informed decisions about your property.
So, if you need an asbestos survey carried out on your property, call Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire on 01962 458066 today, or email us at [email protected] to get started.