At Wastege, we get asked a lot about whether it’s necessary to order an asbestos survey when you buy a new home. We have put together this blog post with everything you need to know.
We may not often consider commissioning a home asbestos survey when we buy our property but in fact it isn’t compulsory. In fact, many people still buy their properties without one.
That’s not say you should always purchase an asbestos survey. They tend to be expensive and there are often cheaper alternatives – like the gas water-test. But it’s worth bearing in mind that, in many cases, having one on your new home can save you some expenses and headaches later (and even money now)
At purchase, the best way to assess whether asbestos is present in a building is with an asbestos survey. Here’s why we recommend you get one and how to go about it.
HOW MANY HOMES IN THE UK CONTAIN ASBESTOS?
There’s no definite figure on the number of UK houses that contain asbestos. However, it is likely that any pre-1999 property will contain asbestos as it was taken off the market in 1999. Amongst people who entered their houses before 1985, there is a huge chance that they were exposed to asbestos
Most homes built before 1990 will have at least some asbestos. This can be removed by the professionals with care, but must be done with patience and attention to detail. Asbestos has been popular for a long time, and there are many old houses that still have it. Even if you don’t live in the house anymore, you may need to do some work on it so that it doesn’t release asbestos fibers to your new environment.
Asbestos is a highly toxic substance that can have life-changing effects, should it be disturbed and released into the air. If this material is inhaled, there’s the chance that it can lead to lung diseases and respiratory problems which may prove fatal in some cases.
If you have asbestos in your home, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the seriousness of the situation and take appropriate action. That might include having an asbestos management plan or removal plan depending on where it is found and how serious it is.
Contact Wastege for more information about asbestos removal