I have a small leakage on my artex ceiling in the living room due to leak from the bathroom shower. House was built in 1985, however unsure as to when the artex was originally done maybe 1 or 2 years later?
What chance if any is there to exposure to asbestos in this case? I have a young family and now paranoid and fearful.
You are on the cusp of the changeover from Asbestos containing textured coats (ARTEX) and the modern non ACM replacement. Most contractors had stopped using it by then but one or two old timers appear to have kept a secret supply to mix in because, to quote one old boy " That stick a lot better and goes further than that modern muck!"
The only sure way is to test a small sample. However if you are just talking about a small patch of Artex that has fallen off, the risk is minimal. Textured coats generally only contain 2 -3 % asbestos fibres and can safely be left in situ if undisturbed. Sealing the damaged area with paint will suffice. If the ceiling starts to flake off because water has penetrated and separated the artex layer from the plasterboard then I would recommend doing something more permanent.
Let's not forget the metal pipes that deliver your drinking water is also poisoning your body with copper, lead, mercury and other rusty flavors. I should also point out that using chewing gum may also give you bowel cancer. I hear air conditioned homes increase the chances of attracting TB. Oh and who could forget that eating high temperature foods can give you cancer of the lip, mouth, and throat.
Asbestos is not the only concern you have to consider Lead in paint is a recognised hazard as laid down in the claw regulations if you have old paint work in your home there is definitely bound to be a lead presence in the paint work if carrying out remedial work or disturbing the paint or if the paint is chipped and broken lead samples and lead surveys should be undertaken before carrying out the work
This is an area which is in most cases completely missed or ignored by some building contractors, paint contractors and Asbestos contractors seek ice on this hazard before it's too late.
Hi Hannah sorry the word should have read Advice not Ice with regard to this hazard
Hi D W
As per advice to Hannah this advice equally applies to every one thinking about hazards in their environment see reply to Hannah reference Re- Lead paint and more importantly if you have young children especially below the age of seven urgent action is needed do not undertake any remedial work until you have had the lead levels checked out by a recognised and competent person. check out lipsa.org.uk for proper advice and guidance
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