What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is the name given to a group of fibrous materials found naturally in many parts of the world. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them – and provide fire-proofing and noise reduction.


When Can Asbestos Be A Problem?

When asbestos materials age or become damaged they may release fibres into the air. These fibres could be breathed in, causing asbestos-related diseases. People who have worked with asbestos for many years as part of their job, or do the washing for someone who has worked with asbestos, are most likely to be affected. Most asbestos found in houses is low risk.


What Should I Do If I Suspect That There Is Asbestos In My Home?

If you think asbestos may be in your home do not panic! Asbestos materials in good condition will not release asbestos fibres. There is no danger unless the fibres are released and inhaled into the lungs. Check material regularly if you suspect it may contain asbestos. Do not touch it, but look for signs of wear and tear - such as cracks, abrasions or water damage. If damage or deterioration is apparent notify the Property Maintenance Manager immediately. It is very unlikely the levels found in buildings will be harmful, but our Property Maintenance Manager will arrange for an inspection so that appropriate action can be taken.


Should I Continue To Decorate Or Do My DIY?

If you have, or suspect, asbestos materials in your home extra care should be taken when doing DIY. Do not attempt any work on any asbestos materials, which could cause damage to the materials and release fibres. This includes drilling, sanding and cutting. If in doubt seek advice before undertaking any DIY to find out if we are aware of any asbestos in your home.