Asbestos is a strong, fibrous rock that is formed by liquids passing through rocks over thousands of years.
It was most commonly used in building materials between the 1950s and 1980s.
Asbestos was often used to fireproof buildings but was also used as a general building material. Almost all buildings built or changed during this period are likely to contain some form of asbestos.
Products that contain asbestos can often look the same as those that do not.
Any home that was built before the year 2000 may contain some form of asbestos but as long as it is not damaged, flaking or loose it is unlikely to cause you problems.
It is important to be aware that your home may contain asbestos, so you can avoid doing anything that could put you or your family at risk.
If you have any concerns about asbestos in your property, please contact South Tyneside Homes on 0300 123 6633.
For more information on asbestos, please see asbestos in your home - essential guide.