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Asbestos in artex ceiling in airing cupboard and under stairs

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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I am hoping to have a new boiler and unvented cylinder installed. Because I have just moved in to the house I decided to get an asbestos survey. The artex ceiling in the understairs cupboard where the boiler is and the ceiling in the airing cupboard where the cylinder is contain chrysotile.

What happens now heating engineer wise since he will be working in this area? Do i have to get it removed?

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  • magn8pmagn8p Forumite
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    Its quite possible that he may not know about it unless you tell him. However I think it is immoral to do so.

    I think the cheapest way to solve this problem is to first plaster over the existing surface and by doing so the asbestos hides behind the plaster layer and then you can proceed with your work.

    I am sure you have already thought about it but have you thought about going for installing a Combi-boiler instead? It can be installed in a corner in the kitchen which would eventually free up cupboard space.
  • purpleparrotukpurpleparrotuk Forumite
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    magn8p wrote: »
    Its quite possible that he may not know about it unless you tell him. However I think it is immoral to do so.

    I think the cheapest way to solve this problem is to first plaster over the existing surface and by doing so the asbestos hides behind the plaster layer and then you can proceed with your work.

    I am sure you have already thought about it but have you thought about going for installing a Combi-boiler instead? It can be installed in a corner in the kitchen which would eventually free up cupboard space.

    Hi. Can’t get this plastered over because the plumber will need to make holes and run new pipes through and remove pipes which will leave holes in it etc. Have 100 percent decided on unvented now.
  • remove it with a steamer and scraper, ideally a respirator to ffp3 std which is essentially a disposable respirator with a valve.
    Waste should be double bagged and labelled and taken to the tip for disposal
  • JonesyaJonesya Forumite
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    The HSE website has some guides with recommended good practice - see the section on textured coatings, A26 seems to apply.

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/essentials/#a2
  • minicooper272minicooper272 Forumite
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    You 100% need to tell the person doing the boiler works about the asbestos, and if he needs to cut through it at all, then it should be removed. I'd get a few quotes from an asbestos removal company and go from there.

    I'm wary of doing works yourself with an FFP3 masks - I was warned in h&s training that masks like that can be difficult to get a full seal with.
  • You have a legal obligation to ensure any tradesman's safety in your home, so you have to tell him.

    The company who did the survey should be able to offer advice on how to proceed.

    Asbestos can be placed in two categories, licensed and unlicensed. Licensed can only be touched with HSE approval and removed by a company qualified to do so. Unlicensed, eg an old cement/asbestos garage roof, can be remove by an unlicensed asbestos company and be touched by a tradesman. Eg, a heating engineer removing a concrete/asbestos flue.

    If your aim is to contain existing asbestos that is in a safe condition, then your standard unlicensed asbestos company may be able to advise you.

    The other factor is whether you can trust the tradesman to look after the safety of your home, and take the relevant precautions. Beware the cowboy. You should be able to talk to the company that arranged your asbestos test about this.

    I'd take the opportunity to get it out of your home.
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