Asbestos Survey

Asbestos prohibition laws in the UK were first introduced in the mid-1980s and in 1985 the UK banned the import and use of blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos. This means if your property was built 1980's and older, it could contain asbestos. Both the RICS surveys (Level 3 : Building Survey and the Level 2: HomeBuyer Report) will flag signs of asbestos, however if you know there is asbestos then you should go straight for getting an Asbestos Survey. This survey physically tests the suspect material, whereas a RICS surveyor does not test during their inspection.

An asbestos survey is an intrusive inspection where a specialist surveyor, wearing protective clothing, removes samples of the suspected asbestos to take away for further analysis.

In the report the surveyor states the type or types of asbestos found, how it can be removed and, depending on the survey provider, give an estimate of how much removal will cost.

Asbestos can be highly dangerous: inhalation of asbestos dust can result in lethal health conditions including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestos. You are well advised to book an asbestos survey if your home buyers survey advises you to do so.

In this article we examine:

  • What is asbestos?
  • What are the different asbestos survey types?
  • What is the cost for getting an asbestos survey?

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What is Asbestos?

What is asbestos? It is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. It was a commonly used building material, particularly as part of cement products, floor tiles and roofing shingles where its durability and resistance to heat were highly valued.

The strength and microscopic nature of its fibres however make it very dangerous when inhaled, with the potential to cause life threatening ailments which sometimes take some years to show symptoms.

Whether any action needs to be taken - for example, complete removal by specialists - depends on the type of asbestos detected, its volume and whether dust particles are likely to be liberated, for example by renovation/decoration at some future point.

There are six different types of asbestos of which crocidolite, or blue asbestos, is considered the most hazardous.

The six types of asbestos are:

  • Chrysotile
  • Crocidolite
  • Amosite
  • Tremolite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Actinolite

Asbestos Survey Types

There are now two asbestos types although there used to be 3. The types of survey are called - Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3, but these have been reclassified and absorbed into Management Surveys (Type 1 Asbestos Survey) and Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys (Type 2 Asbestos Survey). You need to decide whether you are looking to maintain the asbestos so as not to cause damage to it and release the dangerous fibres into the air or if you are looking to get the asbestos removed entirely (normally because you are completing building works).

Type 1 Asbestos Survey - Management Survey?

After an intrusive investigation, a management survey gives direction on how to protect against any risk without any major removal of asbestos.

Type 2 Asbestos Survey - Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys

After a detailed, intrusive investigation and a comprehensive assessment, these surveys give directions about where asbestos detected has to be removed or whether it can be managed.

Asbestos Survey Cost

Asbestos survey cost - this depends on a few factors, particularly on the size of the property. The costs range from £399 for a standard construction 2 bedroom property and progress upwards from here.

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