Asbestos in your home
Asbestos is a material that was previously used in buildings to reduce noise and protect homes against fire.
The use of asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999. However, a lot of our housing was built or refurbished before this time and some properties may contain asbestos materials. Products containing asbestos can look the same as those that don't, so you should always be careful.
How we manage asbestos
In line with legislation and the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidance, it is our policy to leave asbestos-containing materials that are in good condition in place.
We ask our contractors to assess homes for asbestos during improvement or alteration work, and will tell you about any possible risks. We'll make sure that any material containing asbestos is kept in a safe condition. If we need to remove any material containing asbestos from your home, we'll use a specialist contractor.
The asbestos found in houses presents a low risk and is unlikely to harm your health. It's important to remember that as long as asbestos-containing materials are in good condition they don't pose a significant risk to health.
Where might I find asbestos in my home?
Asbestos might be found outside your home in roof tiles, soffit boards, guttering and drainpipes or corrugated garage and shed roofs.
Inside your home, it might be found in many places, including textured wall and ceiling coatings such as Artex, service duct panels containing pipework, floor tiles and tile adhesive, linoleum with asbestos paper-backing, panels behind radiators or heaters, ceiling panels, boiler flue pipes, toilet cisterns, bath panels or water tanks.
If you think materials in your home may contain asbestos, please contact us.
What are the risks?
Asbestos-containing materials don't present a significant risk if they are kept in good condition. If it becomes damaged or its condition deteriorates, then you and others may be at risk.
Old or damaged asbestos materials may release fibres into the air which could cause lung damage when breathed in.
What should I do?
Please contact us immediately if you think you may have asbestos materials in your property. Tell us if any materials you think may contain asbestos or have been told contain asbestos have become damaged.
Make sure that any asbestos material remains in good condition. Get our advice before carrying out any DIY work - you may need our permission for this in any case - and never disturb asbestos-containing materials.
- Don’t damage or drill, cut, scrape or sand any asbestos materials.
- Don’t jet-wash or clean down corrugated garage or shed roofs containing asbestos.
- Don’t remove old floor tiles or linoleum which may contain asbestos.
Disposing of appliances that may contain asbestos
Some household appliances such as cookers, ironing board pads, fire blankets and oven gloves may contain asbestos. If you're planning to dispose of any of these items and think they may contain asbestos, please contact us for advice.