Asbestos Artex: Removal guide
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.
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.