- Water Tank: Asbestos cement and is often found in older properties (pre 1980)
- Pipe Lagging: Used to keep heat in or cold out. Often painted over, or protected by outer coating so not obviously asbestos.
- Property Insulation: Loose asbestos can be found as insulation in wall and floor cavities and in lofts.
- Textured Coating (eg artex): Can be found throughout a property on ceilings and walls.
- Soffit Board (roof overhang): Sits behind fascia at eaves level. Boards can be made from asbestos cement or asbestos insulating boards.
- Toilet Cistern: Toilet cisterns can contain asbestos-reinforced resin composite materials.
- Wall Panelling: External wall cladding and as internal wall panelling particularly around windows.
- Fuse Box: Each Fuse wire has an individual asbestos flash guard. Panel behind fuse box can be asbestos.
- Heater Cupboard: Around domestic boiler often contains asbestos insulating board.
- Floor Tiles: Plastic floor tiles, often different colours and mainly
hidden under carpets and ceramic tiles.
(Vinyl Floor Tiles: The tile backing may also contain asbestos paper).
- Rainwater Items: Roof gutters and down pipes can often be
made of asbestos cement.
Homeworks - Domestic Asbestos Management
Homeworks is the specialist housing division of Rhodar, one of UK’s leading asbestos removal & enabling services companies.
Established to meet the unique requirements of domestic asbestos management, Homeworks predominantly works with insurance companies, housing associations and their policy holders and tenants. With forty years’ experience and extensive resources our service has been developed to cope with all domestic asbestos challenges.
Asbestos has been used extensively in the construction of houses for many years. It has commonly been found in decorative textured coatings, floor tiles and garage roofs.
The use of most types of asbestos was banned in the 1980’s, although one form was still widely used in construction in the UK until 1999.
Although it continues to be the single biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK (and currently shows no sign of declining), asbestos is relatively harmless if it remains in an undamaged and undisturbed state.
However, during any refurbishment works in domestic properties, it’s important that a full survey is carried out to identify the nature and extent of asbestos containing materials (known as ACMs). If asbestos is present, it’s our job to advise you to make an informed decision whether to remove it or manage it.