Advice on Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occuring mineral which was used in a large variety of building materials before the year 2000. See the right-hand box for examples of materials containing asbestos that were used in domestic properties.
Materials containing asbestos in domestic properties include:
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Corrugated asbestos cement sheets
- Asbestos cement flue pipes
- Bitumen roofing felt
- Asbestos cement boards
If your home was built in 1999 or earlier, it may contain one or more of these materials. None of these products pose a problem if they remain in good condition and are left undisturbed. However, potentially harmful fibres may be released if they are disturbed, for example, by breaking, sawing, sanding or drilling.
Always seek advice from Habinteg for any home improvement work you plan to undertake. You’ll need to have written permission from Habinteg before the work is carried out. This will help ensure you don’t accidentally disturb any harmful materials.
Following simple precautions will avoid any potential for disturbing areas of the home that may contain asbestos. If you’re unsure, we can also inspect your home and advise if asbestos is present and if any special precautions are required.
If you have any concerns or require more information, please contact your local Community Assistant or call Habinteg Direct - 0300 365 3100.