Here′s some important advice about asbestos
Asbestos used to be a popular material in the building trade. It's most likely to be found in homes built between the 1950s and early 1980s. Properties built since the mid 1980s are very unlikely to contain asbestos in the fabric of the building but may contain some traces in other areas.
Properties built after 1990 are extremely unlikely to contain asbestos anywhere in the building. Asbestos has now been banned because it can be a danger to health.
If there are any asbestos products in your home it’s important that you don’t damage or disturb them in any way. If you carry out DIY on asbestos products you are putting yourself in danger.
It is important that you:
- Do not drill a hole through any asbestos boards
- Do not cut or break off any parts of asbestos products
- Do not rub down asbestos panels, or artex, with sandpaper
- Do not use wallpaper scrapers on asbestos products
- Do not remove asbestos panels to gain access to services.
Remember that cutting asbestos with electrical tools or breaking asbestos products with a hammer is extremely dangerous and must be avoided.
If you are not sure whether a product contains asbestos it is safest not to do anything that may damage or disturb it. In any case you should always contact GHA for permission to carry out alterations to your home. We will be able to tell you whether there is any asbestos in your home when we visit.
If in doubt, call us 24/7 on Freephone 0800 479 7979.