In the past, materials containing asbestos were widely used because they were weatherproof and fireproof.
For example, asbestos in your home may be found in old:
- decorative textured coatings to walls and ceilings
- floor tiles
- heating and ventilation flues and parts of heaters
- toilet cisterns
- bath panels
- electrical fuse boxes
- access panels to service ducts and ducting
- screen panels under windows
- outside in rainwater gutters and pipes, fascia boards, soffits and roof tiles
- cement panels e.g. prefabricated garage walls and roofs.
You will have been given an asbestos report for your home when you moved in. This will tell you about any asbestos containing materials in the property. If you don’t have a copy of your asbestos report you can contact us for the latest version.
If we find asbestos in your home
Asbestos containing materials are not dangerous as long as they are in good condition. We will take action if asbestos is found in your home depending on the type, where it is and the condition of the asbestos. Before we take action, we will inspect the property.
If we find asbestos but there is no damage to the asbestos, we may leave it alone. In some cases, we may take action to secure or seal in the asbestos to prevent any dust or fibres from escaping into the atmosphere.
Alternatively, we may decide that we need to remove the asbestos – we will discuss with you how this would happen.
If you are planning improvements to your home, it is important you get permission first so we can make sure you won't be disturbing any asbestos containing materials that could be dangerous.
- Do not try to remove or interfere with asbestos without our advice.
- Do not remove asbestos yourself.
- Do not drill, scrape or damage asbestos.
- Asbestos is dangerous when it is damaged or disturbed.
- If you are concerned about asbestos in your home please contact us.