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Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that was widely used in buildings until the late 1980s.  Because asbestos had such a widespread usage, asbestos materials can be found in most homes in the UK that were built before 2000.

Is it dangerous?

Asbestos materials pose no significant risk to you if they are left alone and are not moved or touched. If the asbestos material is in tact and in a safe place, you are unlikely to be at risk.

Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is broken up and asbestos fibres are released into the air. When the fibres are inhaled they become a possible health risk and can cause serious and sometimes fatal diseases

Where can I find asbestos?

Asbestos can usually be found in the following locations:

  • In the insulation material around pipes and boilers
  • In fire break material used in lofts, ducts, panelling, partitions, soffit boards, ceiling panels and around steel works.
  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Insulation boards to partitions and ducts
  • Paper products used as insulation in electrical equipment
  • Asbestos cement sheets (flat and corrugated), used as roofing, wall cladding and gutters.
  • Certain textured coatings such as older types of Artex

Ensuring your safety 

The health and safety of our customers is our top priority and our policy on asbestos is in-line with the Government Health and Safety Executive’s recommendations which advise us to leave asbestos in place unless it is unsafe or likely to be disturbed. 

We have undertaken asbestos surveys in all our apartment blocks in the communal areas, to make sure that there is no risk to customers. We also carry out regular asbestos surveys on individual homes, especially if we think there is a risk to asbestos materials being exposed.

Sometimes it may not be practical to remove every piece of asbestos material in your home, especially if it poses no risk to being exposed.

We are here to help

If you have asbestos materials in your home you should be vigilant and make sure that the asbestos is not drilled, sanded, rubbed down or disturbed in any way. If you are worried about decorating or carrying out DIY in your home please call us for advice first.

If you think that there is damaged asbestos material in your home, we are here to help. Please call us or fill out the form at the bottom of this page. The law requires licensed contractors to be used for all major asbestos work, so please don't try to remove it or repair it yourself. 

Never break off pieces or break up large pieces, jet wash or clean down materials you believe contain asbestos.

 

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