Many people have worries about asbestos, but undisturbed asbestos usually poses no problems. However, care should be taken to prevent the release of asbestos fibres as they can cause serious damage to your health.

A number of Calico homes contain asbestos and we are committed to ensuring that all materials containing asbestos are safe.

Remember – asbestos containing materials in good condition and left undisturbed are SAFE. If in doubt, contact us on 01282 686300.

 

See our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural occuring material that has been used in a range of building materials to make them more rigid and fire resistant.

What do you do if you think you have asbestos in your home?

You should not panic. Asbestos is safe if left undisturbed unless it’s damaged or disturbed as part of carrying out DIY or other building related work.

Contact us and we will be able to check our Asbestos Register and tell you whether there is a record of asbestos being present in your home.

If there is no record, we will survey your home and may take samples of the suspected material for analysis. We will tell you what actions we will take, which may include leaving it alone if it’s in good condition and in a location unlikely to be disturbed.

Removal of asbestos?

We have a programme of surveying and testing properties as part of our major work programme, where necessary asbestos will be removed in a controlled manner causing minimum disruption to you.

If a situation arises where we consider we need to take more urgent action due to the poor condition or location of the asbestos containing materials, we will arrange for our specialist contractor to remove it, keeping you fully informed and safe.

DIY or other similar work

Many tenants wish to carry out DIY to their homes, subject to obtaining our written permission as defined in their tenancy agreement. You should always consider the possibility of asbestos being present before commencing work.

In seeking our permission, we will advise if our Asbestos Register highlights any risks. If the Register does not contain details for your property, we will carry out a survey and, where asbestos is suspected, arrange for a sampling and analysis. If this confirms asbestos to be present and there is no imminent work programme to remove them, you will be responsible for the satisfactory removal complying with legislation.

Where you are deemed responsible for the removal, you must ensure that any contractor is fully aware of the presence of asbestos and takes appropriate action when carrying out the work. Please provide proof of removal by a qualified contractor.

Some important facts about asbestos

  • Asbestos containg materials, which are in good condition and not disturbed, do not pose a risk to your health.
  • Try to ensure that anything you think may contain asbestos remains in good condition and is sealed with paint.
  • Before carrying out DIY work, always consult with Calico to seek advice – you may need permission under the terms and conditions of your tenancy. If in doubt, STOP!
  • Don’t drill, sand or scrape anything you think may contain asbestos – seek advice from Calico first.
  • Always soak wallpaper before removing. If possible, use a steam stripper and then gently peel away the paper before redecorating.
  • Don’t try to remove textured coatings from ceilings. Wash any areas of flaking paint before re-painting.
  • Don’t try to remove old floor tiles or linoleum. Leave them in place and lay new floor coverings over them.

If you suspect that asbestos-containing materials have been damaged, please call Calico on 01282 686300.

'Caveat Emptor', 'Let the buyer beware'

Customers taking up the option of the ‘right to buy’ or ‘right to acquire’ should be cautious to the possibility of asbestos installations being present within their property.

We confirm that asbestos containing materials may be located within our properties. However, we are not legally bound to survey the properties prior to the sale of a property; this is the responsibility of the buyer.

If we have any information regarding asbestos within a property that is to be purchased, we will retrieve this information and make it available to you prior to the sale of the property.

Once you become the owner of the property, you will become responsible for the asbestos in your home. If you do not take necessary precautions, you could be putting at risk the health of their family or any person carrying out work at their home.