If you're planning to refurbish or demolish a property in Hampshire or South East England, you need to be aware of the presence of asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used as a building material until the late 1990s, and it can be hazardous to health if disturbed. That's why it's essential to take an asbestos survey to identify any materials that may contain asbestos.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we are an asbestos survey company based in Hampshire that provides a range of asbestos services, including surveys, management plans, and removal. In this article, we'll take a closer look at asbestos surveys, why they are necessary, and how much they cost.
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were widely used in building materials such as insulation, roofing, and flooring. Its fibrous nature made it an excellent material for its heat and fire-resistant properties. However, when asbestos is disturbed, it releases microscopic fibers that can cause serious health problems when inhaled.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. It can take years for symptoms to develop, and there is no known cure for asbestos-related diseases.
If you're planning to refurbish or demolish a property, it's essential to take an asbestos survey. According to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, if you're responsible for maintenance or repair of non-domestic properties, you must manage the asbestos in them.
An asbestos survey will identify any materials that may contain asbestos, enabling you to manage any risks effectively. It's worth noting that if you're planning to sell your property, you may need to provide an asbestos survey to potential buyers.
There are two types of asbestos surveys: management surveys and refurbishment/demolition surveys.
A management survey is an asbestos survey that's designed to locate any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that may be present in a building. This type of survey doesn't require the ACMs to be removed but does require the building owner to keep the materials under observation.
Management surveys are commonly undertaken as a duty holder's legal obligation to 'manage' asbestos-containing materials. The survey is not intrusive, and samples may be taken to positively identify any asbestos-containing materials.
Refurbishment/demolition surveys (R&D surveys) are more intrusive than management surveys. They are conducted when a building is being refurbished or demolished and the surveyors need to know whether ACMs will be disturbed during the work.
The R&D survey is used to locate all ACMs in the areas where the refurbishment work will take place. The surveyors will take samples to positively identify the materials as being ACMs or not.
The cost of asbestos surveys in Hampshire depends on various factors, including the size of the property, the type of survey required, and the location. Prices can also vary between different asbestos survey companies.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we offer competitive pricing for our asbestos survey services. Our management surveys start from as little as 150, while our refurbishment/demolition surveys start from 250. However, we recommend that you contact us directly to discuss your specific requirements, as each property is unique and may require a tailored approach.
It's also worth noting that while the cost of an asbestos survey may seem expensive, it's a necessary investment to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the renovation or demolition of a property. By identifying any ACMs, you can take the necessary precautions to protect workers from hazardous materials' potential health risks.
When considering an asbestos survey, there are several other factors that you should take into account. These include:
The larger and more complex a property is, the longer it will take to undertake the survey. This can affect the cost of the survey.
Different types of properties require different types of surveys. For example, a warehouse may require a different type of survey than a residential property. This can also affect the cost of the survey.
Older properties are more likely to contain asbestos than more modern buildings. If you're unsure when your property was built, it's worth having an asbestos survey to identify any potential ACMs.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we are committed to providing affordable and high-quality asbestos services to our clients in Hampshire and the surrounding areas. Asbestos surveys are a legal requirement if you're planning to refurbish or demolish a property, and they're essential for ensuring the safety of everyone involved.
Our asbestos survey services start from as little as 150, but we recommend that you contact us directly to discuss your specific requirements. Contact us by phone on 01962 458066, or email us at conta[email protected] to find out more.