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4. Asbestos in the home

If you intend to conduct any abrasive DIY work or have any concerns regarding asbestos within your property, please contact the housing asbestos team on the details beneath. Abrasive DIY works could include drilling, cutting, scraping or any action that could disturb asbestos materials. In addition, if you are employing contractors, you should also tell them to contact the housing asbestos team first. The housing asbestos team will be able to check your properties information on file and advise accordingly. A survey or an inspection may then be ordered should there be insufficient information on file for any proposed works.

If you have any asbestos related queries, please contact the repairs team via our Contact Us form, or call 01392 265031, select option 3 and ask for the housing asbestos team.

Asbestos can be found in any building constructed before 2000. 

We have conducted asbestos surveys within 99.98% of our housing. The surveys identify the location of any asbestos-containing materials in the building. It also explains the type of asbestos they contain and the condition of these materials.

We do not need to remove asbestos materials from every building we own. If the asbestos material is in good condition and cannot easily be damaged it is best left alone. The presence of asbestos alone should not be a cause for concern.

Location of asbestos

Asbestos Insulation

Mostly found in or on heating systems such as around boilers and pipe work. Asbestos Insulation is higher risk; however, it is unusual to find it in domestic premises.

Loose fill or sprayed asbestos

These materials were used to insulate buildings or structure. They can be found in between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces. Loose fill or sprayed asbestos is higher risk; however, it is unusual to find it in domestic premises.

Asbestos Insulating board

This material was used for fire protection and insulation. It is mainly found in houses built between the 1960s and 1980s. Areas where Insulating board can be found in domestic premises could include.

  • Ceiling Panels
  • Door lining
  • Wall Lining
  • Panels
  • Partitions

Asbestos cement

Asbestos Cement was used for a variety of different domestic applications. Asbestos cement was mainly used between the 1960’s and 2000. Areas where Asbestos Cement can be found in domestic premises could include.

  • roofing and wall cladding
  • ceiling lining
  • partition board
  • bath panels
  • fire surrounds
  • pipes
  • cold water tanks
  • guttering and drainpipes.

Miscellaneous asbestos items

Examples include:

  • textured wall and ceiling finishes (artex)
  • floor tiles
  • toilet cisterns
  • roofing felt
  • ropes and blankets
  • warm air heating systems
  • early storage heaters and coal-effect fires


Most asbestos materials, if left in situ and undisturbed are stable and are unlikely to release fibres unless subject to damage, decay or weathering