Asbestos was widely used in construction prior to 2002. It was thought of as a wonder material with excellent insulating and fire-resistant properties. It has since been proven that inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illness and even result in death. This is our guide on how to identify potential sources of asbestos.

What does asbestos look like?

Asbestos was manufactured in many different forms for both commercial and residential properties. Here are some of the places it can be found:

Commercial Properties

Where to find asbestos in a commercial property
  1. Sprayed Coatings
  2. Asbestos Cement Water Tank
  3. Insulation
  4. Lagging
  5. AIB Ceiling Tiles
  6. Toilets
  7. AIB Walls
  8. AIB Fire Doors
  9. Seals/Gaskets
  10. Vinyl Floor Tiles
  11. AIB Boilers
  12. Fire Blankets
  13. Textured Coatings (Artex)
  14. Asbestos Cement Roof
  15. Asbestos Cement Panels
  16. Asbestos Cement Gutters
  17. Soffits
  18. Asbestos Cement Flue

Residential Properties

Where to find asbestos in a residential property
  • A. Asbestos Cement Water Tank
  • B. Pipe Lagging
  • C. Loose Fill Insulation
  • D. Textured Coating (Artex)
  • E. Ceiling Tiles
  • F. AIB Bath Panel
  • G. Toilet
  • H. AIB Fuse Box
  • I. AIB Airing Cupboard
  • J. AIB Wall
  • K. AIB Window Panel
  • L. AIB Boiler
  • M. Vinyl Floor Tiles
  • N. AIB Fireplace
  • O. Gutters
  • P. Soffits
  • Q. AIB Exterior Window Panel
  • R. Asbestos Cement Roof
  • S. Asbestos Cement Panels
  • T. Roofing Felt

Working on a property built or renovated before 2002?

If you identify any materials which you suspect could contain asbestos, be safe and get it tested before disturbing the material. Our self-sampling test kits can be delivered next day with everything you need to take a sample and get a result within 24 hours.

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