Keeping you safe in your home: Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in many common building materials and although normally safe, it can become harmful if disturbed or damaged. In 1999, asbestos was banned from use in buildings, so if your home was built after this date it will not contain any asbestos.

 

What we are doing to keep you safe in your home:

We are carrying out asbestos surveys in our homes, the information we gather will be stored on our asbestos register. If asbestos is found in your home, our surveyor will decide on the safest way to deal with it.

Where the asbestos containing material is in good condition, it is safe to leave it in place. Materials that are damaged and unsafe will be removed or encapsulated.

 

Asbestos can be found in products such as:

  • Bath panels and boxing
  • Artex (Textured Coating)
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Corrugated cement sheeting (outhouses and garages)
  • Wall boarding – internal partitions, airing cupboards and linings
  • Soffit boards
  • Roofs and exterior walls
  • Gutters, downpipes and soil stacks

 

What you can do:

  • Don’t panic, if you suspect that there is asbestos in your home, let us know, contact us online or please call our contact centre on 0800 0121080.
  • If we have told you about asbestos in your home, please do not disturb it. When left alone, it will remain harmless.
  • Let us know if you plan to carry out any DIY in your home, it is not safe to carry out work to areas containing asbestos, so it is important that you ask us about this first.
  • If you think damage has been caused to asbestos containing materials, do not attempt to repair or sweep up any debris yourself. Report your concern to us first, contact us online or please call our contact centre on 0800 0121080.

 

Remember, asbestos containing materials that are undamaged and in good condition are completely safe.

Find out more about Asbestos from the HSE.

Asbestos - where it hides - image source: www.hse.gov.uk

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