Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000.
Why worry about asbestos?
Common materials used in the construction building trade contain asbestos.
Asbestos cement may be found on garage or shed roofs, shed and garage wall panels, drain pipes, insulation board soffits, infill panels and partitions and on the side of bath panels. Asbestos may also be found on artex ceilings, floor tiles, in the loft; cement water tanks and flue pipes and soil pipes.
Asbestos in your home
If you believe there may be asbestos in your home, please leave it alone; it is usually safe unless damaged or disturbed so do not sand or drill asbestos materials. You can paint indoor materials with an alkali resistant paint such as PVA emulsion
Seek advice from a licensed contractor, who can remove asbestos lagging, spray coatings or large areas of insulation board. A sample may be taken to identify the type of asbestos.
If your home is rented, your landlord may have relevant information.
For tenants of council homes please contact 01438 242242 and ask to speak to the Asbestos Management Officer if you need advice about any asbestos in the property.
For general advice on dealing with asbestos in your home contact us.
Environmental Health and Licensing
01438 242908 / 242916