If your home was built before 2000, it’s possible that it may contain materials made from asbestos. Common locations of asbestos or asbestos cement are:

  • Garage or shed roofs
  • Shed and garage wall panels
  • Drain pipes
  • Insulation board soffit, infill panels and partitions
  • Side of bath panels

Asbestos is usually harmless unless it is damaged or disturbed. If it needs to be removed, always appoint a specialist licensed contractor.

We advise you to leave asbestos alone and let a specialist deal with it. The Health and Safety Executive Opens in a new window has all the information you need whether you are a homeowner, a landlord, a tradesman or a licensed contractor.

For your own safety always seek advice if you think you’ve got a problem with asbestos in your home and don’t drill, saw or disturb materials that contain asbestos. View the restricted wastes page if you are thinking of taking asbestos to the Recycling Centre.