Cyclical Improvements

As well as carrying out scheduled refurbishment programmes, we also carry out a number of Cyclical Improvement programmes.

We aim to complete cyclical painting to the majority of our developments every 5 years. Developments which are particularly exposed may be painted more frequently. Cyclical painting includes external painting of doors, windows, soffits, fascias and elevations (where applicable), as well as internal painting of any communal areas.

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

We also upgrade smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years. When systems are upgraded we are required to comply with current Building Regulations so if your property is due to be upgraded please be aware that it is likely that additional detectors will be installed, including a detector in your living room.

Whilst we do have planned programmes for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, it is crucial for your own safety that you test your detectors regularly and that you report any failed detectors to us as soon as possible so that we can arrange for these to be replaced without delay.

We are also going to be carrying out electrical inspections every 5 years and carrying out any necessary improvement works to ensure that the electrics in your home remain safe.

Asbestos

Asbestos checks are carried out within our properties-built pre-2000. Our Asset Management Team will contact you to advise if your property has been selected in the 10% management surveys, we have a statutory obligation to complete these each year.  

If asbestos containing materials are found in your property, our Asset Management team will contact you annually to arrange an appointment to inspect this material. This inspection is to ensure the material has not been disturbed.  

What is Asbestos? 

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was used extensively as a popular building material since the 1950s. 

It was used as an insulator (to keep heat in and cold out), has good fire protection properties and protects against corrosion. 

Asbestos was officially banned in 1999, so if your house was built after 2000 there should not be any asbestos present. 

Where Can Asbestos Be Found? 

Asbestos can be found in many products used in buildings, both inside and outside a property.  The list below includes some of the common materials where asbestos may be found: 

  • Roof tiles and roof felt 

  • Gutters and rainwater pipes 

  • Soffits and fascias 

  • Cold water tanks

  • Insulation to pipes

  • Textured coatings to ceiling and walls

  • Toilet cisterns

  • Insulation to floor voids

  • Gaskets and seals to gas appliances

  • Floor tiles

  • Partition walls

  • Panels on or inside fire rated doors

  • Panels behind and inside electrical equipment

  • Panels under windows

  • Insulation in old electric storage heaters 

This is not a full list, and materials containing asbestos could be found elsewhere in properties. 

Some Asbestos Do’s & Don’ts 

Please do ... 

  • Treat asbestos with respect. 

  • Contact us if you think you have damaged asbestos containing material in your home. 

  • Contact us if you are planning any DIY which may affect asbestos containing materials. 

  • Help us by keeping any appointments we, or our asbestos surveyors/contractors may give you. 

  • Take care to avoid damaging asbestos materials. 

Please don’t ... 

  • Panic – if left undisturbed asbestos should be safe. 

  • Attempt to remove any suspected asbestos containing materials yourself. 

  • Put yourself at risk by carrying out DIY on or next to asbestos containing materials, eg. cutting, drilling or sanding. 

Frequently Asked Questions ….. 

If there is asbestos in my home, why not remove it? Am I not at risk? 

When asbestos surveys are carried out, not only do we confirm whether or not materials contain asbestos, we also confirm their condition.  We have been advised that materials containing asbestos in good condition do not pose a risk to your health and sometimes removing it can be more hazardous than leaving it alone. If the material is in a poor condition, then the decision will be made to either remove it or make it safe, on the advice of our consultants. In many instances asbestos is either mixed with the product in very small quantities (eg. Artex) and fibres cannot be easily released. In other cases eg. soffits, they are inaccessible and cannot be easily damaged. 

 I think I may have damaged or disturbed asbestos containing materials in my home – what should I do? 

Do not panic - contact us as soon as possible and we will make arrangements to have the material assessed and sampled if required.  We will then decide on the most appropriate action to ensure your safety. If there is a lot of debris, advise us when you call us and keep out of the area if possible. 

 I’ve heard that Artex contains asbestos - what is it and is it safe? 

Artex is a textured decorative coating that was widely used on interior walls and ceilings.  Some older types of Artex contained a very small amount of asbestos.  Artex is safe as long as it is not disturbed ie. sanded or scraped. 

 Can I paint asbestos containing materials? 

You should contact us before painting any asbestos containing material.  We have been advised that it is safe to paint low risk asbestos containing materials which have been painted previously, such as Artex walls and ceilings, however, you should never sand the materials or use tools such as wallpaper scrapers on them. To prepare for painting simply wipe the material with a damp cloth to remove any dirt. 

 I have noticed some pieces of broken floor tile that I have been informed contain asbestos. Am I at risk? 

We have been advised that even broken pieces of tile are extremely unlikely to release any asbestos fibres, however, please contact us and we will arrange a further survey. If the tiles do contain asbestos, they need to be disposed of correctly and we will arrange this for you. 

If you think you have damaged asbestos in your home, do not touch or disturb it, contact our Asset Management Team immediately on 01387 321300. 

Loreburn has prepared this document on the advice of consultants with expertise in asbestos containing materials in domestic premises. It is intended to provide you with some general information about asbestos, and is not specific to your property. We are providing you with this document for your information only and Loreburn is not holding itself out as an expert on asbestos, nor shall it be liable for any inaccuracy or omission in the information contained herein.