An asbestos survey or inspection is an investigation for asbestos material found inside a structure, home or building. During an asbestos inspection, samples will have to be collected because asbestos fibres cannot be identified by the naked eye. It is important to remember that asbestos should not be seen and is often located inside the structure; however it is possible to detect its presence using this type of inspection. The samples taken will be examined by trained professionals in the relevant field.
This type of inspection is used for two main purposes: one is when a substance such as asbestos is suspected in a new construction project and the other is to locate the material when it has been damaged. When the asbestos surveyor is unsure of the level of asbestos present inside a structure, or if it is damaged, they ask the residents to go home and stay for a few days, while they perform the necessary asbestos survey London.
In this way, the interior of the home or building is not disturbed, and the professional is able to conduct a more detailed survey. The cost of the survey depends on the scale of the project and the location of the structure. The cost is usually determined by the length of time needed to complete it.
Since asbestos is quite dangerous, any material that contains this material should be properly removed and placed in a safe place. This is especially important for materials that contain asbestos but are not yet connected to the building structure. Usually, asbestos surveying is done by qualified professionals who know how to deal with delicate situations. For example, asbestos surveying should be done before the material is connected to the building so that any signs of asbestos are not visible to people working nearby.
As mentioned above, asbestos surveying is done prior to the installation of materials containing asbestos. If asbestos is discovered during construction, the work must be stopped right away and all materials containing the dangerous substance should be removed or sealed in order to protect people from any danger brought about by the asbestos.
Once the asbestos material is found, the area must be sealed off and any individuals working in the area must not come in contact with it. In most cases, asbestos surveying is required before installation of materials like ceiling tiles, flooring, insulation, windows and doors. However, if asbestos removal or insulation is already being done, then asbestos surveying cannot be done before the material is installed. As a matter of fact, you would need an asbestos survey done before starting on any asbestos removal project.
Basically, asbestos surveying involves two main types: visual inspection and acoustic monitoring. The first type of survey only deals with the presence of asbestos particles in the air or in the materials being installed. The second type of survey is done using an instrument that sends out sound waves.