Why worry about asbestos in the home?

Common materials used in the construction building trade contain asbestos. Places where you may find asbestos in your home are:

  • asbestos cement on garage or shed roofs
  • asbestos cement shed and garage wall panels
  • asbestos cement drain pipes
  • asbestos cement or insulation board soffits, infill panels and partitions
  • asbestos cement on the side of bath panels
  • artex ceilings
  • floor tiles
  • loft, cement water tanks and flue pipes
  • soil pipes

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide more information on asbestos in the home.

If you are a business or employee and need information about asbestos in the workplace, visit the HSE website.

Please be reminded that fly-tipping is an offence. Asbestos must be disposed of properly. To find where you can dispose of asbestos, visit GOV.UK - Asbestos in your home or Waste Aware - What can I recycle?

For general advice on dealing with asbestos in your home, email or telephone 01438 242908.

What to do if you have asbestos in your home

Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

  • Treat asbestos with respect and always leave asbestos alone.
  • Asbestos is usually safe unless it is damaged or disturbed.
  • If you think you have asbestos in your home, always seek advice before thinking of removing it.
  • Paint indoor materials with an alkali resistant paint such as PVA emulsion.
  • Never sand, drill or saw asbestos materials.
  • The removal of asbestos lagging, spray coatings or large areas of insulation board must only be carried out by a licensed contractor.
  • Sometimes it will be necessary to take a sample, for example to identify the type of asbestos.

If your home is rented, your landlord may have relevant information. 

If you are a council tenant and need advice about asbestos in your home, please call 01438 242242 and ask to speak to the Asbestos Management Officer.

Contact details

Environmental Health & Licensing
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242908 / 242916