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Asbestos in the loft

Asbestos in the loft

16th September 2020

The valuation provided by a mortgage company is not a survey and they may not even set foot inside the property, let alone the loft, to carry out the valuation. By not carrying out building surveys can cost you money and time. We take a look at why it’s so important that the loft doesn’t get overlooked when it comes to surveys.

Current guidelines regarding asbestos are that some forms of asbestos do not present too much cause for alarm if left undamaged and undisturbed. However, removal is to be taken very seriously and can only be carried out by a professional specialist company, trained in the correct removal of asbestos. A professional company to carry out this job will be expensive, due to the nature of the service provided. By having this information to hand before you commit to anything, could really save you a lot of expense and disruption.

Why is asbestos so hazardous?

If asbestos isn’t removed safely, fibres are released into the air and subsequently breathed in. Although the damage to humans isn’t immediate, they can cause serious long-term health issues such as Mesothelioma, Asbestos-related lung cancer, Asbestosis and Pleural thickening.

Why would it be in my home?

Asbestos was used to insulate many domestic homes and industrial premises. It can be found in between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces.

Whether you’re buying a home, flat or investing, always make sure a property survey is carried out. Although asbestos isn’t being used in homes anymore it can still be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

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