In the 1960s and 1970s asbestos was widely used in building materials and products due to its durability and heat resistant qualities. Low levels of asbestos are commonly found in residential properties in:
- floor tiles
- pipe insulation
- textured coatings
- some toilet cisterns
Although asbestos is a hazardous material it can only pose a risk to your health if the fibres are disturbed and become airborne.
This could occur if the material containing asbestos is drilled, sanded, cut or broken up; or if the material is in a poor condition or damaged.
Exposure to low levels of fibres is unlikely to harm your health. It is very unlikely that the levels of asbestos fibres found within your home will be harmful but if you have damaged asbestos materials in your home you should contact us immediately.
High, short-term exposure to asbestos fibres can occur during DIY projects so please be careful when making any changes to your home.
Any repairs or major works undertaken in your home by our appointed contractors will include a risk assessment during which checks will be made to see if they are likely to disturb asbestos.
Where asbestos is found to be damaged or may be disturbed it will be dealt with or removed by our contractors.
You can find more information on asbestos on the Health and Safety Executive website.