Testing Artex for asbestos
What is involved in testing Artex for asbestos?
Testing Artex for asbestos is a two part process.
Firstly a trained asbestos surveyor would safely obtain a small sample of the material. The sample is then taken to a testing laboratory to assess for the presence of asbestos.
This generally takes 24-48 hours. The sampling costs vary from one laboratory to the next, but are broadly in the range of £10 – £25.
When would Artex need to be tested for asbestos?
If you are testing Artex for asbestos then this is generally because you may be purchasing a property or you wish to remove the Artex coating from a ceiling or wall as part of refurbishment works.
Most testing of Artex for asbestos ‘events’ would generally form part of an ‘asbestos survey’ on a property.
Asbestos has been found in over 4000 different building products. You may have Artex within your property but you may also have other asbestos products you are unaware of.
Always err on the side of caution and ensure any aspects of a property you work on are tested for asbestos. This is a legal requirement in the UK on all properties built before 2000 when asbestos was finally banned in the UK.
Artex can be easy to miss or mistake for other products. Other products such as Sandtex (paint with a grit/ sand content) look like Artex but are usually a none asbestos based application.
How to deal with asbestos in Artex
Artex can also be ‘over boarded’ or ‘skimmed over’ with other none asbestos products and can be hidden from view.
If you are a contractor and you need to remove, fix through or drill Artex coatings then you need to be specially trained and use all the appropriate personal protective equipment PPE.
If you require this type of training or if you require testing of Artex for asbestos prior to refurbishment work on ‘any’ type of property, then there should be an appropriate asbestos survey in place.
Do you need to get some Artex tested?
Are you looking at buying a house that possibly contains Artex asbestos or planning on doing some refurbishment? Need some help or advice or need to get the Artex tested for asbestos? Then get in touch.
RB Asbestos can help you with your asbestos related problem, testing of Artex for asbestos, providing checks for the presence of asbestos materials, carrying out asbestos surveys and management plans nationwide.
Speak directly to one of our knowledgeable and helpful advisors for any further information on testing Artex for asbestos by calling RB Asbestos today on 0800 141 2676.
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