Asbestos in the home

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which was commonly used in the construction and modernisation of housing prior to 2000. Asbestos containing materials in good condition and left undisturbed, are safe and do not pose a risk to your health.

Asbestos in the home

The most common possible locations where asbestos may be present in a council home, but there may be others, are in -

  • gas flue pipes
  • fire proof linings for walls, ceilings and doors(some linings could be hidden within cavity walls)
  • insulation inside some electrical storage heaters
  • bath panels
  • floor tiles
  • textured coatings to ceilings and walls (for example artex)
  • eaves, gutters and rainwater fall pipes
  • garage and shed roofs

Dangers of asbetos

When products made from asbestos become worn or damaged, they release dust fibres in to the air, which can be inhaled or swallowed. It is these fibres that can cause health complications later in life.

Asbestos identified

If asbestos containing material in your home is in good condition and isn't likely to be broken, chipped or damaged, it shouldn't be a danger to you or your family. Your best course of action is simply to leave it alone. 

Damaged asbestos

Please contact us. Never try to repair or clean it up yourself using a brush or vacuum cleaner as this spreads the fibres in to the air.

Important points

If you are planning on carrying out any alterations to your property -

  • seek advice from us before carrying out any intrusive DIY work. You may also need permission for the work under the terms of your tenancy
  • don't drill, sand or scrape anything you think may contain asbestos. Ask us first
  • if in any doubt, stop work and contact us for guidance
  • never dispose of asbestos or asbestos containing materials in your domestic waste bins

Household waste recycling centres

For further information visit the Health and Safety Executive website.