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Where can asbestos be found in the home?

As asbestos can be found in many formats, it’s sometimes difficult to tell if an object does contain it or not. In any building pre 2000 it could be found in any (but not limited to)

  • Asbestos cement (pipes, roofs)
  • Water tanks
  • Lagging (pipes, boilers)
  • Asbestos insulating board (AIB) – similar to plasterboard
  • Floor tiles
  • Asbestos can be loose in ceilings / wall cavaties as insulation
  • Textured decorative coatings (Artex)
  • Textiles, composites
  • Sprayed coating (ceilings, walls, beams)

The HSE have created a useful guide for commonly found places in both industrial and residential properties, for the full guidance follow this link here.

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