Building materials containing asbestos were widely used from before 1980, particularly from the 1960’s onwards. Any flats or houses built or refurbished during this time may contain asbestos material. If your property is less than 15 years old, it is unlikely to contain materials made from asbestos.
Where is Asbestos Found?
Some common locations are listed below but there may be others in your home – if you are in doubt, leave well alone and seek advice from us:
• Asbestos cement on garage or shed roofs
• Shed and garage walls
• Artex ceilings
• Floor tiles
• Bath panels
• Insulating boards
What Should I Do if I Suspect There is Asbestos in my Home?
Contact us immediately
• Leave asbestos alone, it’s usually safe unless it’s damaged or disturbed
• Do not attempt to remove asbestos from your home
• Do not sand, drill or saw asbestos materials
Actions We Take On finding Asbestos
The options available to us on locating asbestos are:
• Leave alone (where the asbestos material is in good condition and not disturbed)
• Remove it
• Seal it
We will advise contractors on the possible locations of asbestos (where known) prior to work starting in your home.
In certain instances an asbestos survey will need to be undertaken in your home to check if asbestos is present. This is generally where some form of destructive works is due to be carried out in your property. We may also undertake a survey if we are carrying out a day-to-day repair which may involve disturbing some asbestos based material.
For further information.
If you have any queries in respect of asbestos, please ring us on 01383 606162 and ask to speak to a member of our Repairs Team. Further information relating to asbestos is also available on The Health and Safety Executive website