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Asbestos can pose a real threat to your health and that of your tradesmen. Surveying a property for asbestos requires a qualified professional, as any mistakes could lead to serious problems down the line. Once you post your job with Plentific, some of the best Pros in your local area will get in contact to offer quotes for your asbestos survey job. You will also get quick access to customer ratings and reviews to help you make your choice of who to hire. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about asbestos surveying?
Having asbestos in your home does not necessarily mean that you need to have it removed. Asbestos causes problems when it is removed from building fibres, and so if it is in a location where it will not be disturbed you may not be in any danger. However, it is important to get your home assessed if you think it could contain asbestos. You must also remember the location of said asbestos for future building projects. Asbestos was used widely until the end of 90s and so if your property was built during or before this decade you may well be at risk.
Having a copy of the plans for your property can help a great deal when having it surveyed. Surveying can be critical before construction or alteration work, as at least a quarter of those that die from exposure to asbestos have worked in the maintenance or building industries. As a property owner, you will be held responsible if your tradesmen contract an asbestos-related illness. That being said, ensure that your tradesmen are properly covered for liabilities and accidental damage. If they are experienced with working with asbestos then they should have all the necessary safety equipment and follow appropriate procedures.
A surveyor should, if asbestos is present, explain the risks to you and give recommendations on how to proceed. For this kind of survey you will be given a quote of between £140 and £600, depending on the size and age of the property. The cost of actually having asbestos removed depends on a few factors, the most important of which is where it is being removed from. If a certain item, like a boiler or piping, contains asbestos then treating it can cost at least a hundred pounds, whereas for an entire room treatment can cost thousands. Remember that this is an investment in your safety and that of your tradesmen. Never cut corners when it comes to asbestos and remember to look over the qualifications and expertise of your choices before making a hire.