Asbestos can be found in any residential or commercial building built or refurbished before 2000. The material was banned for use in 1999, but there are obviously many older buildings where it is still present.
Where Asbestos Hides
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A. Asbestos cement Water tank
B. Pipe lagging
C. Loose fill insulation
D. Textured decorative coating eg artex
E. AIB ceiling tiles
F. AIB bath panel
G. Toilet seat and cistern
H. AIB behind fuse box
I. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
J. AIB partition wall
K. AIB interior window panel
L. AIB around boiler
M. Vinyl floor tiles
N. AIB behind fire
O. Gutters andAsbestos cement downpipes
P. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
Q. AIB exterior window panel
R. Asbestos cement roof
S. Asbestos cement panels
T. Roofing felt
AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board
Common use of asbestos in residential properties
Inside an older standard dwelling built before 2000 you might find asbestos typically around he following areas:
As Insulation – so around water tanks, on pipework, as loose fill insulation, around a boiler or inside an airing cupboard.
Asbestos can also be present in a partition wall, in a fuse box or behind a fireplace. Sometimes it has been used as decorative ceiling coating, for example Artex.
Outside a property you might find asbestos around the roof – on soffits, gutters or downpipes. It is very common in the form or corrugated asbestos cement roofing on garages, and sometimes window panels.
Common use of asbestos in commercial properties
Industrial properties tend to have more asbestos use – especially where more pipework is present. Sprayed asbestos can be found on columns, beams, walls and ceilings. Also partition walls, floor and ceiling tiles and fire doors can contain asbestos.
Asbestos has also been used around toilet cisterns and seats, and also in some fire retardant textiles. You might also find it on flues.