Before you move into your home, we make sure that the property is surveyed for asbestos.
Our specialist asbestos surveyors and inspection team will assess your home periodically, taking into account location, type and condition of any asbestos containing material. Following assessment, you will be made aware if any evidence of asbestos is found, provided with a written report and advice on how to stay safe.
Most asbestos products in the home are very low risk and can be monitored and left in place.
Any high-risk asbestos products will be removed, repaired or enclosed to make them safe.
We keep a register detailing exactly where asbestos has been found, and its type and current condition.
We’ll re-inspect the condition of any asbestos items as part of our regular checks for your safety. We may arrange to further inspect your home if we’re carrying out any major or intrusive works for example fitting a new kitchen or bathroom.
A copy of the asbestos information for your property will be given to you when you sign up for your property but if you need another copy, we can e-mail or post to you on request.
Asbestos is an additive used in insulation and fire-resistant materials that was widely used in the building trade until the end of the last century.
Left undisturbed these materials are very safe. It’s only when they are disturbed or damaged and fibres and dust are released that problems can occur because breathing this in can be harmful.
The fibres or dust released when asbestos is damaged or disturbed can cause serious lung diseases. The symptoms of these diseases might not appear for up to 30 years after exposure to asbestos, so it’s vital to protect yourself today.
Torus need our safety inspections to be as thorough as possible to provide piece of mind to you, your family and anyone who needs to carry out any building or repair work in your home.
We’ll need to perform safety condition checks on certain materials at regular intervals, this can be between one and five years depending on the risks. We will also need to carry out a more detailed check before we do any work if you are due to have a specific property upgrade such as a new kitchen, or bathroom.
We will always write to you ahead of the date of asbestos check. So, if your appointment isn’t convenient you have plenty of time to let us know and rebook for a time that suits you better. To rebook your asbestos appointment, you can:
Please try to let us know ahead of the date of your original appointment so that we don’t turn up as planned.
Allowing access to your home: It’s a condition of your tenancy agreement to allow access for these checks. If you don’t allow our surveyor into your home to carry out your safety check, you may be putting your life and those of your family and neighbours at risk. As a result, we can take legal action to make you comply.
Keeping you and your family safe is a priority for us.
You must always ask permission before doing any DIY in your home please check with us before drilling or sanding any surface or removing floor tiles.
Allow us access to your home to perform routine inspections to items which we need to risk monitor.
If you have any questions or concerns about the visit or need any advice or support please call us and we will do our best to help.
Useful tips and information to keep you and your family safe.
You may be alarmed because you’ve probably heard stories about asbestos but please don’t panic.
Asbestos is not used in construction today but was used as a building material from the 1950s until 1999, so any building constructed or refurbished before 2000 could contain it. It was mainly used for insulation and fireproofing. Asbestos in good condition is not a hazard.
Loft and cavity wall insulation don’t normally contain asbestos. Asbestos fibres were typically mixed into cement, plaster and other materials. As a result, asbestos is often found in:
Please phone Torus Customer Hub on 0800 678 1894 and we can tell you if there is any asbestos in your home or arrange for a survey to check for it.
Remember, you need permission from us before carrying out any improvements or alterations to your home.