Asbestos in your home – a guide

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was a popular in building materials up until the year 2000. Properties built between the 1950s and 1980s are likely to contain some form of asbestos.

It was used due to its heat-resistance & strengthening properties. However, Asbestos was later identified as a health risk. All types of asbestos were
banned in the UK by 2000, so if your home was built after this date it is very unlikely to contain asbestos.

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  • Treat Asbestos with respect.
  • Contact us if you damage Asbestos.
  • Contact us if planning DIY/ Home improvements.

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  • Panic – Asbestos is safe if undisturbed.
  • Attempt to remove asbestos materials yourself.
  • Cut, drill or sand Asbestos containing materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are PFH doing about Asbestos in its properties?
We maintain an Asbestos register and implement as Asbestos Management Plan. We undertake surveys by qualified personnel to identify Asbestos and carry out any necessary remedial works.

There is Asbestos in my home, why haven’t you removed it?
The Asbestos survey confirms the condition and type of asbestos containing material. Low risk types in good condition do not pose a risk to health. Removing it can sometimes be much more hazardous than leaving it alone.

I think I’ve disturbed asbestos, what shall I do?
Don’t panic. Stop what you’re doing immediately, walk away and isolate the area. Contact our Customer Service Team and we will arrange for the material to be assessed and sampled if required. Our Property Services Team will then advise on the best course of action.

Can I paint Asbestos containing materials?
Yes – Artexed ceilings & walls (for example) can be painted. However, you must not sand, scrape, or drill/cut in to them. To prepare the surface for painting, simply wipe it with a damp cloth.

I’ve noticed broken thermoplastic floor tiles, am I at risk?
It’s unlikely that these materials release any Asbestos fibres and are relatively low risk. However, if they do contain Asbestos then they need to be disposed of correctly by PFH.