Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres that are harmful to people if the asbestos is disturbed.
Before the dangers of asbestos were recognised, it was a common building material in the UK, used in insulation, flooring and roofing. Though it is now banned in the UK, many properties built before the year 2000 may contain asbestos.
Asbestos can be found in many areas of construction including cement, textured coastings, floor tiles, textiles, sprayed coatings on walls, beams and columns, lagging, and ceiling or floor cavities.
Material containing asbestos isn't likely to pose a health risk as long as it's not damaged or disturbed.
If you're planning any home improvement works, please contact us as we can advise whether we have a record of any asbestos in your home. We'll check if an asbestos survey has been carried out in your home, or a neighbouring property, and if there is asbestos present we can advise you about how to proceed.