What is Asbestos and where is it found?
Asbestos is a general name given to several naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have crystallised to form fibres. Asbestos fibres do not dissolve in water or evaporate, they are resistant to heat, fire, chemical and biological degradation and are mechanically strong.
Asbestos may be found in slates, corrugated cement sheeting, soffit boards, gutters/downpipes, chimney flues, water tank trays, textured decorative coatings, wall and bath panels, plastic wall tiles, toilet seat and cistern, open fire/room heating and pipe ducting.
These properties have led to it being used in a wide range of building materials and products for waterproofing, fireproofing, electrical and thermal insulation.
- What we do!
Asbestos is not a problem if it is left alone and is undamaged. If it does become damaged or its condition deteriorates, it presents a risk. Asbestos can be dangerous if it is damaged or disturbed by drilling, sawing, sanding or scrubbing, as asbestos fibres are released into the air.
CRHA has appointed specialist surveyors to undertake surveys to its properties to determine and record if there are any ACM’s or presumed ACM’s present, its type, its location and its condition.
CRHA also undertakes asbestos surveys to its properties prior to any refurbishment or improvement works being carried out to identify the locations of materials suspected to contain asbestos.
CRHA will notify customers when their home is due for survey and their Asbestos Surveyor will make appointments to arrange access requirements. The survey will be completed in a single visit.
- What you can do!
If you notice any change or note any damage in the condition of your property, please contact our Property Services team immediately so that checks can be carried out and inspections arranged.
Under the terms of your tenancy agreement any alterations which you wish to make must, in the first instance, be given approval by your landlord. This enables your landlord to provide any information relating to asbestos containing materials (ACM’) or presumed ACM’s in your property.