When you suspect asbestos is present in your property it is essential to hire a professional asbestos survey company to help determine if there is indeed asbestos present and what type. To survey your property, the asbestos contractors can choose from a variety of asbestos survey types depending on the project. Here, we discuss the refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey

When is a refurbishment and demolition survey used?

As the name suggests, a refurbishment and demolition survey is used when large-scale refurbishment or demolition works are due to be undertaken on a building or area of a building. Having a professional asbestos survey carried out on your property before these works commence is crucial to ensuring health and safety on site. 

When you disturb and break any asbestos-containing materials, asbestos fibres are released into the environment. Once they are released, the fibres can be breathed in, which could lead to a multitude of serious health conditions. It is estimated that asbestos exposure kills around 5000 workers each year, with 20 tradespeople a week dying from past exposure (Health and Safety Executive). Naturally, when refurbishment or demolition works take place many structures and materials are broken and therefore you should determine if they contain asbestos beforehand. 

How we undertake a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey

The refurbishment and demolition survey is known as being one of the most intrusive survey types you can undertake. The professional asbestos consultants here at Pillars Environmental would carry out a thorough visual and intrusive inspection of your property. We use our expert knowledge to determine if any asbestos-containing materials are present and to what extent. If we suspect asbestos is present, we take a small sample of the materials and send it to a UKAS-accredited testing centre to determine if the sample does indeed contain asbestos. 

Due to the invasive nature of the refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey, it is required that all areas due to be surveyed remain vacant at all times. Our team must be able to have full access to the site to ensure an accurate and comprehensive r&d asbestos survey is carried out.

Undertaking a refurbishment or demolition project?

If you are refurbishing or demolishing a property and would like to inquire about a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey, get in touch with our team today. We work on a variety of domestic and commercial sites and will be more than happy to discuss your project with you and offer a free quote. If you would like to learn more about how we price our surveys, read our asbestos survey cost blog here.