Learn more about what to do if you suspect asbestos in your building, and what this means if you’re selling or purchasing a property in London.

If you suspect the existence of asbestos in your property, or you’re purchasing a new property and wish to determine if asbestos is present, then it’s important that you book a survey with one of our chartered surveyors to investigate the matter further. Asbestos is classed as a hazardous material and poses serious risks to your health, including the risk of developing cancer. Our expert team of RICS qualified surveyors here at Crest Surveyors London are trained to identify the materials associated with asbestos. 

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a substance that was used extensively in the 1980s and 1990s for construction and building-purposes due to its insulating advantages. It’s a natural-made material that is mined from locations such as Russia, Canada, South Africa and more. Three types of asbestos have been extensively used in the UK before the discovery of how hazardous this material is; this includes crocidolite (blue in colour), amosite (brown) and chrysotile (white). These materials pose a serious health risk if you come into physical contact with them, or if the materials containing asbestos are damaged, meaning that airborne particles are leaked. If you breathe in this substance, it can pose a serious health risk to your lungs. 

If you’re purchasing a house or property that was built before the year 2000, it’s vital that you are aware if the existence of this substance is present. Our RICS chartered surveyors are able to explore the possibility that this material is present as a part of your Level 3 Survey. For more information, explore our website or get in touch with one of our helpful team members. 

How to remove asbestos

If asbestos is suspected or confirmed to exist in your property, then it’s vital that you do not attempt to remove the material yourself. The material is less harmful if dormant, but poses a serious risk as soon as it is disturbed. To remove asbestos, it has to be  extracted by a licensed specialist with the correct protective equipment. As part of your survey, our team will be able to provide you with contact information for your local professional to quickly complete your removal. 

How can Crest Surveyors help?

During our survey, we will be able to suggest probable locations in your property where asbestos is present and provide you with information on how to safely maintain and remove the substance. Our team will also help you to get in touch with your local asbestos removal company to remove the material from the property. 

If you have any questions or concerns about asbestos in your London property, then get in touch with one of our expert team members today.