Where is asbestos in the home.
Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade that you may come across during your work.
You may find loose-fill asbestos in lofts, cavity walls and under floorboards. It’s a loose, fluffy insulation material which looks like candyfloss. It can be blue-grey or whitish in colour and is probably the most dangerous asbestos-containing material. If disturbed, it can release many asbestos fibres into the air.
Lagging and insulation around piping and boilers can also contain a type of asbestos which is fibrous, flakes and powders easily and is often painted in different colours, making it more difficult to detect.
The name has it’s origin in the Greek word for inextinguishable. A highly-effective and inexpensive fire-retardant material and thermal and acoustic insulator, asbestos was used extensively in home construction from the early 1940s through the 1970s.
Asbestos in the home.
Some products that could contain asbestos.
Loose asbestos in ceiling or floor cavity.
Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams/columns.
Asbestos insulating board.
Floortiles, textiles and composites.
Rope seals and gaskets.
Asbestos floor tiles were once a popular choice for flooring, and you will often find old asbestos floor tiles hidden under carpets.
Textiles can be found in fuse boxes behind the actual fuse. Old fire blankets and heat resistant gloves can also be made out of asbestos textiles.
Asbestos composites can be toilet cisterns and seats, window sills, and bath panels.
Asbestos paper was used for lining under tiles and inside metal cladding.
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