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A Guide to Asbestos

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that’s been a popularbuilding material since the 1950s. Properties built between the 1950s and 1980s are most likely to contain some form of asbestos material.It’s a good insulator and has fire and heat-resistant properties, but asbestos was also found to be a health risk. It was therefore banned from use as a building material and strict regulations were introduced. Because it was often mixed with another material, it’s hard to tell if it’s present in building materials.

What is Trivallis doing about asbestos?

We use independent experts, Santia, to survey our properties to check which are most likely to contain asbestos and to look at the condition of any asbestos materials found. This information is kept on a register, which helps us to monitor asbestos. If Santia identifies any asbestos which needs to be removed, we use asbestos removal specialist, Severn Environmental. 

Should I worry if I find asbestos?

There’s no need to panic – it’s unlikely to be a danger to your health as long as it’s undamaged and hasn’t been disturbed. The health risk comes when fibres are released from damaged asbestos – they can be harmful when inhaled.

If you are concerned about asbestos, please contact us. 

A Guide to Asbestos

Where can asbestos be found in homes?

  • Cold water tanks
  • Pipe lagging
  • Roof felt, sheets and tiles
  • Textured coatings (such as artex)
  • Fascia and soffit boards (such as roof overhangs)
  • Toilet cisterns
  • Wall panels
  • Fuseboards
  • Boiler/heater cupboard
  • Floor tiles
  • Rainwater guttering and downpipes
  • Garage roof sheets
  • Panels behind fires or heaters
  • Panels on the back of fire doors
  • Partition walls
  • Service ducts
  • Soil and vent pipes