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Asbestos is a natural material that is mined and processed. It’s used in many different construction materials. There are 3 commercially used asbestos: Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue).
Asbestos was commonly used until the late 90s. It’s very common to find asbestos within homes across the UK. If the asbestos-containing materials are in good condition, it can remain in place and pose no risk to human health
Generally, asbestos is usually safe in the home unless it is damaged or disturbed. Therefore, it’s always best to leave asbestos alone if possible.
Don’t try to repair or remove any asbestos materials yourself if you haven’t had any training.
If you are planning to bring in any builders, maintenance workers or contractors for DIY or maintenance, you should inform them of any asbestos materials in your home before they start work.
You should seek permission before making any alterations to your home. You must also make the Council aware immediately if you suspect asbestos to be damaged.
Contact the repairs support team on 023 9284 1311 or email RepairsSupportTeam@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Remember: if in doubt, seek advice.
Points to remember:
These are some common locations for asbestos, but there may be others in your home. If in doubt, leave it well alone and seek expert help. Common locations of asbestos include:
This list is not exhaustive and only aims to provide an indication about the variety and extent of asbestos use.
Due to the age of the Council’s housing stock, it’s likely that some asbestos will be present. The Council has carried out asbestos surveys in a large proportion of properties and the overall risk was found to be low.