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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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Q: Where can asbestos be found?

Asbestos can be found in many places. Any buildings pre 1999 could potentially have asbestos containing materials (ACM's) present. For a full list of potential places, head over to our blog.

Q: What should I do if I find asbestos?

Before removals can take place, the type of asbestos needs to be identified with an independent surveyor to determine the exact properties. Never attempt to remove it yourself, and call a professional such as ourselves. If it is in bad condition it may be treated as an urgent matter.

Q: Why do some works have to be notified to the HSE?

In order to protect all members of the public from any unnecessary asbestos fibre exposure, the HSE requires certain types of works to be notified to them at least 14 days in advance in order to regulate and control the removal procedures. These types of works include certain fibres and ACM’s, and these works may only be done by licensed contractors.

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