Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in a range of building materials and is now banned from use.
Undisturbed, undamaged and sealed, asbestos is safe. But damaged asbestos is dangerous and could lead to serious health problems.
If your home was built after the year 2000, it will not contain asbestos.
If you find asbestos in your home:
- Asbestos is only a problem if it is disturbed. Do not disturb the asbestos by drilling, sanding, cutting, sweeping or disturbing it in any way
- Do not attempt to remove sprayed asbestos, lagging or insulating board
- Do not try to remove asbestos yourself.
Where asbestos is likely to be found
Asbestos is usually located in the following places: external fascia and soffit boards, roof felt or lining panels, roof cement, cold water tank, textured coatings to ceilings and walls (eg: artex), ceiling panels, garage roofs, bath panels, panels behind fires, heaters or boilers, service ducting, boiler flues, garage rainwater downpipes, panels beneath window frames, roof sheets or tiles, old ventilation pipes, hot pipe insulation, garage fascia boards, garage window lining, fire door panels, partition walls, vinyl floor tiles and linoleum products.
Our responsibility to you
We are legally required to carry out asbestos surveys in the shared areas of blocks of flats, and before major works such as kitchen or bathroom replacements.
If you want to carry out extensive home improvement work, and if you receive permission from us to do so as defined in your tenancy agreement, we can check your home for asbestos.
We do this by contacting the Asbestos Register which can identify whether your home contains asbestos. If the register does not include your property, we may carry out a survey and where asbestos is suspected, arrange for an analysis. We will discuss the results of this survey with you and agree any actions together.
If you have any questions, please contact us.