What is asbestos?
Asbestos materials are made up of strong fibres which are resistant to heat and chemicals. In the past, these qualities led to asbestos being used in a range of building materials and household products. The use of asbestos was banned in 1999.
Why was asbestos banned?
When asbestos materials age or become damaged, they can release fibres into the air. If these fibres are breathed into the lungs, this could result in asbestos related diseases. It's extremely unlikely the levels of asbestos fibres found in buildings will be harmful. Asbestos does not pose a risk to health if it is undamaged or in a position where it cannot be easily disturbed.
Where is asbestos found?
Building materials containing asbestos started to be used in the early 1900s and were widely used between 1960 and 1980. Houses and flats built or refurbished around that time may contain asbestos.
What should you do if you think there is asbestos in your home?
In the vast majority of cases asbestos found in homes poses a very low risk. Do not disturb or damage asbestos that's in good condition. As long as it has not cracked, split or flaked, then it is best left alone. If you damage asbestos or suspect damaged asbestos is in your home contact us
Who can you talk to if you have any questions or concerns about asbestos?
If you've any concerns or questions about asbestos, or you believe asbestos may be in your home, then please contact us.