iii. Loose fill insulation
iv. Textured deorative coating e.g. (Trade names with) Artex
v. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) ceiling tiles
Vi. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) bath panels
vii. Toilet seats and cisterns
viii. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) behind the fuse box
ix. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) partition walls
x. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) interior window paneling
xi. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) around the boiler
xii. Vinyl floor tiles
xiii. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) behind fireplaces
i. Gutters and asbestos cement downpipes
ii. Soffits AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) or asbestos based cement
iii. AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) exterior window panels
iv. Asbestos cement roofing
v. Asbestos cement panels
vi. Roofing felt
6. Dealing with asbestos
Firstly, if you think you may have an asbestos problem in your property contact your council first for guidance and information,
they should be able to help. Never! remove asbestos yourself,
unless you are qualified and have experience in dealing with, and the safe handling and disposal of asbestos.
Always enlist the services of a professional, else you could be putting yourself, your family, friends, or anyone else who
comes to the property at risk.
hire a certified asbestos surveyor, who can help manage the whole process.
from surveying, identification, removal and cleaning.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations states you should only hire fully qualified tradesmen.
Check that your surveyor is qulified and registered with the (AIB) as well as the remover,
They should all be able to demonstrate accreditation and the following:
- BOHS P402 standard
- HSE licensed (if removing or encapsulating asbestos)
- Hazardous Waste Carriers Licence (for asbestos transportation)
- Uses a UKAS accredited laboratory for sample assessment
7. Initial costs for a survey
In terms of genral guide for costs for a survey, a basic survey can cost upwards of £80, whilst an extensive survey can start at £200,
costs can vary depending on the business providing the survey
If the survey identifies asbestos then one method of treatment is encapsulation, this can be a viable option.
The procedure requires applying a protective adhesive coating which prevents the asbestos from releasing any harmful fibres.
This procedure costs around £8+ per square metre.
If encapsulation is not an option, full removal by a licensed professional will be required
This procedure costs around £50+ per square metre.
In the end you will not have to tiptoe around your property, worrying about asbestos, as your property will be safe as well as worth more at re-sale.
Also, consider re-boarding, this is when the asbestos is removed and there are extensive cavities left, which require boarding up,
finishing and decorating, basic re-boarding can cost around £400+. Do check out our other articles How to find a builder
which supports how to select builders, as this is important as you may need to discuss asbestos with them, with your specific project.
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