Asbestos Awareness Week
1 April marks the beginning of Asbestos Awareness Week. We've got useful information and FAQ's for you to help keep you safe in your home.
Asbestos was used in buildings because it has a number of desirable properties; it is strong, cheap, durable, and resistant to heat and fire. Most asbestos products pose no risk to health, provided they remain in good condition and undisturbed. They are only dangerous when asbestos is disturbed, and the fibres become airborne and are breathed in. The use of asbestos was banned in 1999, so if your home was built after this, it should not contain any asbestos materials.
Q Where might I find asbestos in my home?
A You might find asbestos in roofing tiles and felt; ceiling and flooring tiles; decorative textured coatings; bath panels; electrical mains fuse cupboards and certain gas fires; wall cladding on garages, sheds etc; gutters, rainwater pipes, water tanks and flues.
If we have told you that there are materials that contain asbestos in your home, then don’t panic. Avoid working on, damaging or removing materials that contain asbestos. You should also avoid sanding down or scraping off textured coatings or carrying out other alterations and improvements to your home without contacting us first.
If we have told you that there are materials that contain asbestos in your home, you should contact us immediately if:
- materials that you believe may contain asbestos have been damaged or disturbed. Don’t deal with it yourself!
- protective coatings or sealants are peeling or breaking off, or special warning labels have been removed.
- Asbestos cement-based products like guttering and shed roofs become damaged, badly weathered or eroded.
Q - I have been told I have asbestos in my home, why aren’t you removing it?
A - Our decision to remove the asbestos is dependent on the level of risk. Asbestos may be left in place if it is not a danger and unlikely to be disturbed.
Q - I have asbestos in my home, can I decorate and carry out DIY?
A - Yes – but you must take note of the advice we give you relating to any asbestos in your home. If you are planning to carry out any improvements or alterations, you must speak to us before carrying out any works.