Where Can Asbestos Be Found?Asbestos containing building / construction materials and where you're likely to find them.
This page is designed to show you the main places you can find asbestos within a building. In most cases this refers to building which were constructed prior to the year 2000. There are so many different uses and locations of asbestos that it is not possible to list them all. This page is a great introduction to the main asbestos types and the most likely places you will find them.
There is a slight difference on the types and locations of asbestos used and found within domestic and commercial premises. To better help you we have put together additional detailed pages on these building types. These pages will give greater detail on locations of where you would be likely to fins asbestos in both commercial and domestic property.
You can view these here:
- Domestic Buildings – Such as a House, Flat, Bungalow etc. – Where Can Asbestos Be Found?
- Commercial Buildings – Such as a Factory, Warehouse, Office etc – Where Can Asbestos Be Found?
Remember, although having some knowledge to help you keep a look out for asbestos is an advantage, it is always the safest option and recommended that if you need to confirm the presence of asbestos for any reason that you get help from a professional UKAS accredited asbestos surveying company. Asbestos surveying and knowing where to look and how to positively identify asbestos is a skilled profession. It’s a profession that takes years of training and experience to master. If you’re not sure, give us a call. We are here for fast and free advice.
Asbestos Thermal Insulation
Asbestos thermal insulation can be found virtually anywhere in a building where you are likely to find heating pipes and appliances. This product was mainly mixed and hand applied or applied in pre formed sections. The following are the main areas that you are likely to find asbestos thermal insulation.
Asbestos thermal insulation can be found insulating anything where its thermal resistance may be required. All pipes, joints, ducting, boilers, calorifiers, tanks and heating systems. Thermal insulation debris is often located to floors, walls and ceilings where during its installation the asbestos has touched these areas. To better understand what asbestos thermal insulation is and what it looks like take a look at What Does Asbestos Look Like?
Asbestos Textiles, Strings, Ropes & Gaskets:
Asbestos textiles, strings, ropes & gaskets can be found in any room throughout a building. Mainly used for thermal, acid resistant and moisture resistant properties. The following are the main areas that you are likely to find these asbestos products.
Asbestos textiles, strings, ropes & gaskets can be found in a variety of locations. Curtains, fire breaks and voids have all seen the usage of asbestos textiles. Ropes and strings are generally more focused in areas where you would expect to find gasket type materials such as windows, heating doors, and pipe flanges. To better understand what asbestos textiles, strings, ropes & gaskets are and what they looks like take a look at What Does Asbestos Look Like?
Asbestos Paper & Felts:
Asbestos paper and felts can be found in many areas of a building. Paper is generally a lining used in multiple locations. Felt is generally used for roofing purposes.
Asbestos paper and felts in many areas of buildings hide below coverings of non-asbestos products such as newly laid felt roofs or flooring. Care should be taken prior to any works which could damage these types of hidden materials. To better understand what asbestos paper and felt is and what it looks like take a look at What Does Asbestos Look Like?
Asbestos Decorative / Textured Coatings:
Asbestos decorative / textured coatings, also widely referred to as Artex is a general paint brush or trowel applied textured finish. This product can be found in any area of a building both internally and externally.
Asbestos decorative / textured coating can be found applied to many different surfaces ranging from plasterboard through to concrete. In many instances this product is also applied directly to other asbestos materials such as cements and boards. To better understand what asbestos decorative / textured coating is and what it looks like take a look at What Does Asbestos Look Like?
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