Asbestos was used in materials to build homes between 1930 and 1990. It wasn’t known then that disturbed asbestos was a danger to health.
If you have a home built within this time frame and you haven’t made any structural changes, it’s unlikely that any asbestos present will do you harm. However, if you are planning to demolish or refurbish part of your home, it is sensible to have an asbestos survey before you carry out any work.
There are two types of asbestos survey reports. One is an asbestos management report. Residential householders can obtain this report to find out whether they have asbestos in the home.
The second report is a refurbishment and demolition report. If you decide you want the asbestos removed, or you plan to demolish a building or refurbish your home, this is the report you will need.
In this guide, we’ll tell you more about asbestos, where it might be in your home, how you can get a report and what to do if you find asbestos.
How Much Do Asbestos Surveys and Reports Cost?
The estimated cost of an asbestos management survey is around £150 for a one-bedroomed flat and £275 for an average three-bed semi-detached house.
The estimated cost of a refurbishment and demolition survey is £250 for a one-bedroomed flat and £400 for a three-bed semi-detached house.
All homes built before 1999, when the government banned asbestos, may contain asbestos. Houses built after the year 2000 are unlikely to have asbestos unless builders used old materials in the construction.
As long as the asbestos isn’t disturbed it is unlikely to be causing any harm. Regular monitoring will help to keep a check on the asbestos.
If its location sustains damage it can usually be contained, but if builders need to demolish it, they will have to arrange for the removal of the asbestos.
How Long Does a Survey Take?
An asbestos management survey can take as little as an hour in an average-sized home. It can also take much longer.
The surveyor may need to inspect floorboards, or crawl spaces and take samples from the walls or ceilings.
Asbestos Management Survey
Many householders find they need an asbestos survey when they are either buying or selling a house and a surveyor raises the issue of asbestos.
If you need to know whether there is asbestos in your home, you can obtain an asbestos management survey. The surveyor will investigate and point out where asbestos is, in your home.
If there is asbestos present in your home it doesn’t mean you have to have it removed. You can monitor the asbestos.
Undisturbed asbestos shouldn’t present a problem. If it gets damaged, you might be able to have it repaired.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey
If you are planning any building work on a property build before 1999 then this is the report you will need. The surveyor will take several samples from different areas in your home.
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What Factors Influence the Cost of an Asbestos Survey?
Size of Your Home
It will take longer to survey a larger home. If a survey is only done in one or two rooms, it will take less time than if the whole house is being surveyed.
Age of Your House or Flat
Asbestos was banned in 1999. That means any houses and flats built before this time are more likely to contain asbestos.
After 1999 there is less risk, but if builders used old materials, you could find asbestos in properties built around this date or some years afterwards.
Ease of Access
An empty house will take less time to survey than one that’s full of furniture or has people inside. The survey will be much easier to carry out if you are the only person indoors and if you have already moved the furniture and loosened the carpets at the corners.
Are Lab Fees Included in the Cost of the Survey?
Usually, the company doing the survey will include lab fees in an asbestos survey quotation. Many surveyors also offer a fast-track service if you pay extra.
Where Do the Samples Need to Be Taken From in My Home?
The most common places to take samples for asbestos are:
- From an insulation board
- From textured coating on a wall or ceiling
- From a vinyl floor tile
Can I Save Money on an Asbestos Survey?
Asbestos home sampling kits are much cheaper than paying for a professional survey.
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The kits usually contain:
- Filtered mask
- A body cover-up
- Latex gloves
- Plastic bags for storing the asbestos samples
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes
- Post-paid envelope to the laboratory
The results will come back to you in the post in about 48 hours. These kits are a lot cheaper than a professional survey, but you need to know where you’re looking and be able to access the area.
Some places will be more difficult than others.
The other risk you take by doing the sampling yourself is that you might disturb asbestos and then it will become a problem. It is advisable to phone a professional to get the sampling done properly.
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Do I Need an Asbestos Survey?
If you are selling your home and the surveyor has asked about asbestos, a survey will identify where you have the asbestos in your home. A management report will put the buyer’s mind at rest.
If you want to build or carry out a refurbishment to a property built before 1999, a refurbishment and demolition survey will tell you where to remove or contain the asbestos.
The legal duty to manage asbestos isn’t required in a domestic home, but it is in a rented property with communal areas such as hallways, stairs, and roof spaces.
The owner of the property must find out the location of the asbestos, assess the risk of the asbestos escaping and then create a risk management procedure.
What Happens During a Survey?
During the survey, the surveyor will walk through your property to identify any access problems. Then they will check that the plans they have are correct. Once everything is in order, they will begin the survey. They will collect samples from certain parts of the property and may also conduct one or all of the following tests:
Reassurance Air Testing
This test is to see if there are any asbestos fibres present in the air.
A surveyor will do this test if refurbishment or demolition is going to take place. They do the test before the work begins to check asbestos levels.
Personal Air Testing
Surveyors carry out Personal Air Testing when tradesmen are working in a building with asbestos. It checks the asbestos levels, how the controls are working and provides medical surveillance data.
What Will the Survey Report Tell Me?
The report will start by confirming your location and including the plans of your property. It will then tell you where you have asbestos and whether you need to deal with it and advice about what to do next.
The report will also include results of any analysed samples, and any photographs taken on site.
How Can I Find an Asbestos Surveyor?
When you want to find an asbestos surveyor ask around family and friends or work colleagues in case they can recommend someone.
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Ensuring the Professional Is the Right Fit
Firstly ask about their accreditations. Many surveyors are accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service).
A surveyor with AKAS accreditation has received training to carry out asbestos surveys.
What Can I Do if There Is Asbestos in My Home?
If you suspect there is asbestos in your home, you can contact your environmental health department. They should be able to advise you as to your next step or if you prefer, you can ask an asbestos surveyor to give you a management report.
What Are My Options if There Is Asbestos?
If the area isn’t damaged and you don’t intend to do any renovation or demolition projects, then the asbestos can be safely left where it is, but you can also have it encapsulated or removed.
Encapsulation is the process of coating the material that contains asbestos with a protective layer or by covering it with a board or sheet. Encapsulation is a less intrusive and cheaper way to deal with asbestos.
Asbestos removal requires more work and is more expensive to carry out. You can read all about asbestos removal costs with our guide.
As you can see, you need to know where to look and what to look for when dealing with asbestos. Once it gets into the air, it is dangerous and that is why we recommend you always use a professional.
Use the checklist below to ensure you know what steps to take when it comes to hiring a surveyor for an asbestos report:
- Confirm the date your home was built
- Use HouseholdQuotes to find an asbestos surveyor
- Talk to the surveyor about the type of survey you need
- Arrange for the survey
- Read the report and take whatever action is advised
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Decide What Type of Survey I Need?
A refurbishment and demolition report will tell you where and how to deal with the asbestos is in a property you intend to refurbish or demolish.
What Is Asbestos?
It is likely to be present in buildings after 1939 and before the year 2000.
How Dangerous Is Asbestos?
Where Could Asbestos Be Found in My Home?
- Insulating boards
- Wall cladding
- Window Panel
- Plaster in walls and ceilings
- Heating appliances
- Bath panels
This useful leaflet from North Herts council will tell you more about where you can find asbestos in your home.
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