Asbestos

Asbestos was used in a large range of building materials until it was banned in 1999. As long as it remains undamaged and undisturbed, it is safe.

If asbestos is disturbed, it can release fibres into the air. That’s why we carry out asbestos surveys before any refurbishment or building work is carried out in your home, so you must allow us access to do this. If the survey shows that we need to remove any asbestos, you can be sure that it will be done in a safe and controlled way. We have our own highly skilled asbestos removal teams who will come and take care of everything, giving you peace of mind.

Asbestos is dangerous if it’s drilled into, broken, cut or mishandled. So, if you’re planning any DIY work or employing a company to carry out any home improvements, contact us first on 0345 065 5656; this kind of thing really is best left to the experts.

For more information about asbestos and where it’s commonly found, visit the HSE website.

If your house was built before 1999 then asbestos may be found in the following locations:

  • Textured wall and ceiling coatings
  • Pipe boxing’s
  • Bath panels
  • Toilet seat and cisterns
  • Insulating board in lofts and ceilings
  • Insulating board to the rear of airing cupboard doors
  • Insulation board in the airing cupboard
  • Insulating board behind the boiler
  • Behind the gas fire
  • Roofing felt and roof tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Soffits

Although, there is no legal requirement to remove asbestos containing materials (ACMs) if they are in good condition or are not likely to be disturbed, we are committed to reducing the risks posed by ACMs not only to employees and contractors but also to customers or others who may be affected, should an ACM be damaged or disturbed.

We also acknowledge that customers should be free from anxiety about the use and condition of materials containing asbestos in their homes.

We have a specific management plan for the control of asbestos. Materials containing asbestos form an integral and important part of many premises and if well managed, they do not present any threat to health.

We plan and maintain a programme of identifying, recording and managing asbestos as part of our management plan. No work commences without assessment of potential exposure of people to asbestos as a result of that work. This is in line with current legislation and guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

We maintain an asbestos register and database showing all survey results, and we update the database when appropriate. If there has been a survey carried out on your property we will tell you:

  • If we have found asbestos in your home
  • What the materials are and where they are located
  • If we need to remove the asbestos and when we will do this
  • If we do not need to remove the asbestos immediately, how we will monitor it and when we will need to inspect your home again in the future.