Asbestos – What you need to know

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of many small fibres which are very strong and resistant to heat and chemicals. Over the years it has been used in a wide range of building materials and products. Asbestos has been banned since 1993 so is usually only found in older buildings.

Why might it be a problem?

In itself asbestos is not dangerous, but it can become dangerous if things containing it are damaged or deteriorate over time. If it’s damaged, it releases tiny fibres into the air and breathing in the fibres may damage your health. Asbestos can be dangerous if the material containing asbestos is damaged, drilled, cut, sawn, scrubbed or sanded. Therefore DIY work can cause high levels of exposure. It’s rare and unlikely for you to have harmful levels of asbestos-containing materials in your home, if you think you do then it’s vital you speak to us. Your tenancy agreement makes it clear that failure to tell us of any work you are doing to your home will leave you responsible for the cost of the work. You could also be charged to undo the work you have carried out without our knowledge and permission. If you think a material might contain asbestos, don’t disturb it. Please contact us immediately.

Asbestos do’s and don’ts

  • Do treat it with care.
  • Do soak wallpaper before removing it. If possible, use a steam stripper and then gently peel away the paper before redecorating.
  • Don’t drill, sand, saw or disturb any asbestos-containing materials which are in good condition.
  • Don’t carry out any DIY work on any part of your home which you think may contain asbestos. Seek advice from us first.
  • Don’t try to remove textured coatings (Artex) from ceilings or walls. Wash any areas of flaking paint before repainting.
  • Don’t try to remove old floor tiles or linoleum. Leave them in place and lay new floor coverings over them.
  • Don’t throw asbestos away in the rubbish. You must seek advice from us to make the necessary arrangements to dispose of asbestos safely.

Our asbestos policy

We need to ensure our properties are safe. We therefore regularly survey all our communal and public areas to record, monitor and manage the risk of asbestos fibres being released into the air. 

If asbestos is found during any work to your home, the material will be inspected and if necessary it will be removed and disposed of safely. Please contact us if you are in any doubt or have concerns about asbestos in your home. It is particularly important to do so before carrying out any works or if you are looking to redecorate and have textured coatings (Artex) in your home.

If we are not able to confirm the presence of asbestos, we will arrange for an asbestos survey to be carried out for you.

How to contact us

You can use the live chat at the bottom of this page, fill in our contact form to the right, or email us.

If you need to, call us on 01495 745910 (For out of hours, emergency only: 01495 325333 (Any call out that is not an emergency will be re-charged to you.)