Asbestos is a natural mineral made up of small fibres, which was used in the past to make many building materials and consumer goods. It is still commonly found in many homes and buildings, but is completely safe if left undisturbed and in a good condition.
Typical places you may find it include:
- Textured wall and ceiling coatings, such as Artex
- Floor tiles and bitumen adhesive
- Roofs to sheds and outbuildings
- Soffit boards
- Bitumen pads to the underside of sink and drainer units
- Cold water tanks
- Bath panels
- Soil pipes
- Boxing to soil pipes
- Rain water goods, such as guttering and down pipes
- Rope gaskets around the fireplace
Asbestos is a perfectly safe material providing it is not disturbed, either by removal or home improvements.
If asbestos is damaged or broken - for example, if you are removing a bath panel which contains asbestos, or if you are drilling through an Artex wall covering – then tiny asbestos fibres may be released in to the air. These fibres can be harmful if they are breathed in, which is why there are strict guidelines to ensure Asbestos Containing Materials are safely managed or disposed of.
If you are planning on carrying out any home improvements then it is important you check with us first. We can advise you on what action may be needed. In particular, you should not attempt to remove, rub down, drill or saw through any suspect material
We appreciate that you may not know how to recognise asbestos, so it is always best to check with us. You should also contact us if you have any concerns, or if you suspect damage has occurred to materials that may contain asbestos.
For advice or guidance call 0800 0851 233 or email us.
To find out more, read our Tenants’ Guide to Asbestos or our policy for managing Asbestos Containing Materials.