What is Artex and does my house contain it?
Artex refers to the trademarked name for a common range of coating, found in many buildings throughout the UK. Many homes in Britain used Artex as a surface coating for the interior of their ceilings and was often used on walls too. The material allowed for the decerator involved to add patterns (such as swirls and ripples) and to add texture to the material itself, proving to be popular in the 1970s as the qualities were desirable. Artex was also commonly used in outside appliances such as piping, cement and panels. Until mid-way through the 1980s, Artex was made with white asbestos to make it stronger, meaning the old manufactured Artex coating will definitely contain asbestos. However, it is unclear as to whether Artex that was used after 2000 contains it, meaning there is still a possibility. In fact, Artex is still sold today but has proven to be less popular in textured ceiling finishes. Newer materials are unlikely to contain the fibres, but you should always take caution.
Does it pose a risk?
Artex that contains asbestos is safe when it does not present a health risk and is kept in good conditions. However, the problem becomes apparent when it comes to modifying the material in some way, such as drilling through it, or if the Artex is damaged. This is because any powders containing asbestos may become airborne and cause health problems for individuals that come in contact with it. The correct safety precautions must be taken to ensure that no harm is caused to others as it can cause major health problems such as mesothelioma and other cancerous diseases. It is vital that you do not try to carry out any removal procedures yourself and therefore should contact us for any queries if you believe the Artex in your home may contain asbestos. Your safety is the top priority.
How we can help in the removal of asbestos
At A4 Asbestos we provide analysis, inspection, removal and disposal of asbestos from buildings in Bristol and surrounding cities such as Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire. The first thing you should do if you suspect that the Artex in your home contains asbestos is to contact us and get a sample of the substance that is suspected. Ensuring your sample is taken by a reputable company is extremely important as the knowledge and experience of asbestos itself is complex. Our specialist team can provide this service to you with a professional and viable sample to safeguard you and your home so that the right action can be taken. It then comes down to analysing the sample and making the correct judgement as to whether asbestos is present, and whether it is more harmful to remove it or not. Once that is concluded, our experienced team will soon after organise a removal date with you, as it is important to get this done as quickly as possible. The removal team will then come to your property and complete all safety checks, before moving onto getting rid of the asbestos. We will then dispose the asbestos as hazardous waste, leaving you with a home that is now rid of asbestos, and safe for moderation and living.
If you’re concerned about asbestos removal in Artex ceilings or walls in your home, give our team a call on 0117 911 5709.