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Expert Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos has been used for thousands of years, with evidence of its use dating all the way back to 4,000 BC. Its popularity skyrocketed in the early 20th century, reaching its peak in the 1950s and 1960s.

Despite growing evidence of the dangers, asbestos remained in widespread use until the 1970s. It took until 1985 for it to be banned for use in new construction materials in the UK, and until 2000 for all products. Because of this, many people continue to be exposed to asbestos today.

If your property was built before 2000, there’s a chance it might have asbestos hiding in its structure. To keep everyone living in, working in, or visiting your place safely, it’s essential you get an asbestos survey done. It’s also a legal requirement for commercial properties.

The team at Prokil are fully qualified by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) to take samples of any suspected asbestos in both residential and commercial properties. We combine our expertise with trusted equipment to safely survey your property, ensuring we take a thorough sample size for testing off site.

The survey mainly involves taking samples from your property to send to a specialist lab for analysis. Once expert testing is complete, they send us a report which we will interpret for you. If it is evident that the sampling for asbestos is positive, we can recommend a UKATA-qualified third-party removal specialist, who can safely remove the asbestos at your property, neutralising all its harmful effects.

Your safety and peace of mind are our top priorities, so book a survey online or call us on 0800 048 9488 today!

What is asbestos?

“Asbestos” is a generic term used to describe various naturally occurring silicate minerals found in rocks and soil. These minerals are composed of tiny fibres that, when released into the air, can lead to serious health issues if inhaled or ingested.

What are the dangers of asbestos?

Asbestos is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, indicating that there’s strong evidence linking it to cancer in humans.

Asbestos can lead to health problems when its tiny fibres are inhaled. Although our body’s natural defences can handle larger fibres, the smaller ones can penetrate deep into the lungs and become lodged there. These fibres have been associated with a wide range of health conditions and diseases, including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Respiratory problems
  • Pleural thickening and plaques
  • Skin irritation
  • Asbestosis, a progressive and debilitating lung disease characterised by coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain

Each year, over 5,000 people in the UK lose their lives to asbestos-related diseases, with maintenance workers accounting for 38% of these cases. This makes asbestos the leading occupational hazard in the UK, even surpassing falls, electrocution, excavation failures, and vehicle accidents.

There’s no safe level of exposure to asbestos, and asbestos-related diseases are usually untreatable. If you suspect that there might be asbestos in your property, you need to have it professionally inspected as soon as possible.

Where Would I Find Asbestos in my Property?

Unfortunately, asbestos was commonly used for insulation or mixed with other materials, which often makes it hard to spot unless you remove the outer covering or damage the materials. However, asbestos is most commonly found in the following parts of a property:

  • Insulation
  • Artex or textured coatings
  • Fascia boards or underclocking
  • Fire doors
  • Floor tiles
  • Flues
  • Gas appliances
  • Profiled cement sheets
  • Panelling
  • Roof tiles
  • Soffits
  • Water tanks

To find out if you have asbestos in your property, the best course of action is to call a professional asbestos inspector accredited for testing. It’s safer to rely on their expertise rather than trying to identify it yourself, as attempting to do so could potentially expose you to asbestos risks.

Professional asbestos surveyors in London, Southern England, and the South of Wales

Prokil are one of the UK’s leading experts in property care, with services ranging from asbestos surveys to damp treatments and basement conversions. We’ve been helping property owners in the South solve their property issues for decades, always with safety, speed, and reliability in mind. But don’t just take our word for it – check out our case studies to see for yourself!

You can trust our skilled inspectors to conduct a thorough survey and take systemic sampling for us to send away for asbestos testing. With a detailed report in hand, you’ll be well-equipped to make informed decisions to safeguard your property and the people who call it home.

  • UKATA qualified
  • Members of the Property Care Association (PCA)
  • TrustMark approved
  • Over 50 years’ experience
  • Competitive quotes

Don’t wait to secure your property’s safety. Book a free survey online or call us on 0800 048 9488 today!

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