When asbestos is in good condition and not damaged it is not a danger. Once disturbed and its dust gets into the air is there a possible risk to health. Do not tamper with or touch any asbestos material.
You can find out where asbestos materials can be found in a home on the HSE website.
How you can stay safe
You should ask us for approval if you are planning major work in your home. If you think asbestos is present we can offer advice. However if alterations are of your own undertaking, then any costs of removing asbestos if it is found will be yours.
You should be cautious when carrying out any DIY work. The use of power tools could increase the amount of fibres released into your home. You should inform us before starting any work, so that we can provide asbestos information.
Some textured ceiling coatings, Artex for example, are known to contain a small quantity of asbestos. Do not attempt to remove them especially with power tools. We can provide advice, so contact us.
You cannot tell a material contains asbestos with the naked eye which is why samples of materials are examined under a microscope at a laboratory. If you are ever unsure whether a material contains asbestos, always contact us and we can advise.
I think I've found asbestos what do I do?
- Do not attempt to clean it up or repair it yourself
- Do not brush or vacuum as this will spread the fibres into the air.
- Contact us for advice.
How does Hyde manage asbestos in my home?
We have a duty to manage asbestos in the communal areas of our buildings. We also carry out surveys in individual dwellings when a property becomes empty or before our contractors do some types of works in your property.
We have a number of options if we find asbestos and will pick the best one for your safety and to ensure any works in your property can be completed:
- Leave in place - often the best and safest option.
- Encapsulation - this is where a special coating is applied to the material.
Further information on asbestos is available from the HSE website.