Asbestos Artex: Removal guide


Asbestos artex removal

Asbestos Artex: Removal guide

This our 10-step guide on how we remove asbestos textured coating (Artex) at your property.

Asbestos textured coating (Artex) removal is a delicate and potentially hazardous process due to the presence of asbestos fibres. Asbestos can pose serious health risks if not handled properly. That’s where we the professionals come in. This is how we would typically remove asbestos artex from your property.

Step 1: Asbestos Survey:

Identify the presence of asbestos: If you suspect your Artex contains asbestos, you should get it tested by us. This may have been picked up on an asbestos survey and now you are ready for the removal.

Step 2: Safety Gear

We put on appropriate protective gear, including a half face mask fitted with a P3 filter, disposable coveralls, gloves, and any other equipment where required. All surfaces that we cannot clean will be sealed during the setup.

Step 3: Suppression

Before any disturbance, we will dampen the Artex material thoroughly to supress the release of airborne fibres. We muse a water spray bottle mixed with surfactant to dampen the surface.

Step 4: The Removal Process

We use hand tools such as scrapers, hammers and flat bars to gently and carefully scrape away the Artex or remove the plaster boards.

No sanding or using power tools, as these can generate more airborne asbestos fibres.

Step 5: Removing the Waste

The removed Artex material is sealed in asbestos waste disposal bags.

Any large sections of boarding may be wrapped in polythene.

Step 6: Disposal

The asbestos waste bags are placed within our van ready to be taken to the licensed waste transfer station.

We hold a waste carriers license which allows us to carry asbestos within our vehicles.

Step 7: Decontamination

Our protective equipment is removed and disposed of correctly. Our masks and hand tools are thoroughly cleaned before leaving the working area.

Step 8: The cleanup

Firstly, we use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to ensure all asbestos particles are removed before thoroughly wiping down all surfaces with damp clothes and cleaning products.

Step 9: Monitoring

This isn’t something that is required but we always offer our clients, air reassurance testing carried out by an independent UKAS accredited company upon completion.

Step 10: Hand over

We will inspect the area after we’ve removed the artex to confirm it’s safe for reoccupation and then hand the room back over to you.

Asbestos containing artex ceiling in domestic property
Artex patterns around light fitting


Q: How do I know if my textured coating (Artex) contains asbestos?

A: If you suspect that your Artex contains asbestos, it’s crucial to have it tested by a professional company like Complete Asbestos Surveys. This can be done through an asbestos survey or testing the material in question. We will collect samples and analyse them to determine the presence of asbestos.

Q: What safety precautions should I take if I suspect asbestos in my property?

A: If you suspect asbestos in your property, it’s essential to take immediate precautions to minimize exposure. Firstly, avoid disturbing the suspected material and isolate the area if possible. Secondly, seek professional assistance from an expert company like Complete Asbestos Surveys to conduct a thorough assessment and plan for safe removal if necessary.

Q: How can I ensure that the removal process is carried out safely and effectively?

A: Ensuring the safe and effective removal of asbestos involves hiring qualified professionals with experience in asbestos removal. Look for companies with proper licensing and certifications for handling asbestos. Additionally, inquire about their removal process, including safety measures such as protective gear, suppression techniques, waste disposal procedures, and post-removal clean-up. A reputable company will adhere to strict safety guidelines and provide thorough documentation of their work. This is something we can arrange for you and oversee any removal works.

Asbestos artex ceiling removal after
Ceiling after we had carried out Artex removal

Things to consider as a homeowner with asbestos textured coating

  • Do not attempt asbestos removal if you’re not properly trained and equipped.
  • Asbestos exposure can lead to severe health issues, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, so safety should be the top priority. Do not risk it.
  • Be extremely cautious and patient to minimize the risk of releasing asbestos fibres.
  • Asbestos removal is a dangerous task and should ideally be left to professionals. DIY removal should be a last resort, and it’s crucial to follow all safety guidelines and local regulations.
  • Keep children and pets away from the work area.
  • Contact a professional like us to carry out the works.

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