Behind Closed Walls: The Importance of Asbestos Surveys in Older Buildings

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There is a danger that lurks within buildings. Asbestos. Although it was once used in construction, asbestos now poses a threat to our health and well-being. In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of conducting surveys to detect the presence of asbestos in buildings. Our goal is to highlight the significance of identifying and properly managing materials that contain asbestos (known as ACMs) in order to protect occupants and adhere to regulations.

​What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral that has gained popularity due to its ability to resist fire and its long-lasting strength. Nevertheless, inhaling its fibres can result in health problems and respiratory diseases.

The Unseen Threat

One of the challenges linked to asbestos is its invisibility. If materials containing asbestos are enclosed within walls, ceilings or floors, they can become dangerous if they deteriorate or are disturbed during construction or demolition activities. The risk arises when these small fibres become airborne, making it easy for people to inhale them.

The Significance of Asbestos Surveys

Health and Safety Importance;

Asbestos surveys play a role, in protecting the health and safety of individuals residing in buildings. By identifying and effectively managing materials containing asbestos we can prevent exposure. Reduce the risk of asbestos related illnesses.

Compliance with Legal Regulations;

In regions there are regulations in place for managing asbestos. Conducting asbestos surveys ensures compliance with these requirements helping property owners and managers avoid potential fines and legal complications.

Planning Renovations and Demolitions;

 to initiating any renovation or demolition projects it is crucial to have an understanding of the presence and condition of asbestos within a building. Surveys provide information that allows for planning of these activities minimizing the potential risks associated with asbestos exposure.

Preserving Architectural Heritage;

Asbestos surveys play a role in the preservation of buildings. Proper management of asbestos enables us to retain treasures while ensuring the safety of those who reside in or interact with these structures.

Impact on Property Value;

Knowledge about the presence of asbestos within a property can influence its value. Transparent disclosure of this information to buyers or tenants demonstrates property management practices and can positively affect property transactions.

Hidden within the confines of structures the enduring presence of asbestos poses an edged risk both to health and historical significance. Conducting asbestos surveys plays a role in identifying and effectively managing this concealed peril. By giving priority to these surveys, we not safeguard the occupants well being. Also contribute to the preservation of our architectural heritage.