Use of asbestos in building-work stopped in 2000 after it was found that breathing in its fibre could cause cancer and lung disease
It’s our responsibility to deal with any asbestos found in your home but that doesn’t mean we’ll automatically take it out. Sometimes the removal process has more risk than leaving the it where it is. We might remove it when we do home improvements.
We’ll use an expert to take it out. And we’ll let you know what’s happening every step of the way.
We’ll leave it in place and record where it is, we may make safe the material with a special coating or covering to prevent anything happening to it. This locks the fibres into the material so none can escape.
Asbestos materials aren’t dangerous and don't present a risk as long as they aren’t damaged. So, if it’s in a good condition, well assess it and may leave it where it is and make it safe. If it’s damaged or in a place where it might get damaged, we’ll either remove it or (if it's safer) make it safe so no-one's at risk.
Please call us and tell us what happened. We can give you advice about what to do next. We'll check our records for asbesos in your home and, if there is, we’ll arrange to send a specialist to come to you and make it safe.
Artex is a ceiling or wall coating that was popular especially in the 1970s and 80s. It’s usually textured with patterns on. Some types of Artex did have a very small amount of asbestos in them but they’re safe as long as it's not disturbed. It shouldn’t be sanded or scraped.
No. Broken tiles are very unlikely to release any asbestos fibres, as these are tightly locked into the tile when they're made. If you have whole tiles (or very large pieces that become loose) get in touch so we can arrange for the tiles to be removed.
If you find anything damaged that you think might contain asbestos, contact us straight away. (But please remember, in most cases, where asbestos is left alone in good condition, it won’t cause you any problems).Report it