100 Places to find Asbestos

 Asbestos can be quite a scary thing to think about being in your home, where could it be lurking? Is it in more places then you realise? Well worry no more, here are the 100 places asbestos is most likely to be.

 

  1.  Insulation Materials
  2.  Roof Tiles (Diamond Pattern)
  3.  Ceiling Cavities
  4. Hot Water Systems
  5.  Ceilings
  6.  Roofs
  7.  Gutters
  8.  Water Pipes
  9.  Sewage Pipes
  10.  Sprayed Coatings (Often found under floors in business buildings)
  11.  Furnaces
  12.  Cement (Asbestos can be mixed into the cement)
  13.  Soundproofing Applications (Spray application or boards)
  14.  Casings for electrical wires
  15.  Interior walls
  16.  Water Tanks
  17.  AIB Ceiling Tiles
  18.  Exterior Walls
  19.  Floor Tiles
  20.  Flooring Adhesives (Can be release dangerous amounts of asbestos when disturbed)
  21.  Downpipes
  22.  Plaster
  23.  Siding roof tiles
  24.  Some Plastics
  25.  Some Paints
  26.  Seams and seals
  27.  Carpet Underlay
  28.  Cement Flooring
  29.  Mouldings
  30.  Fencing
  31.  Garages
  32.  Dog Kennels
  33.  Flues to Fire Places
  34.  Kitchen Splashback
  35.  Wall Sheeting
  36.  Stoves
  37.  Sheds
  38.  External Toilets
  39.  Backing for electrical meter boards
  40. Loose fill insulation in roof cavity
  41. Some Adhesives
  42.  Socketed ended gutters
  43.  Pebble Stone infill panels
  44.  Imitation Brick
  45.  Verandahs
  46.  Sockets
  47.  Rainwater Heads
  48.  Disconnector Traps
  49.  Stormwater Pipes
  50.  Vent Pipes
  51.  Fence Capping
  52.  Woven Fencing
  53.  Compressed Sheets
  54.  Planter Bowls
  55.  Benching
  56.  Vinyl Floor Coverings
  57.  Bathroom Splashback Tiles
  58.  Wall Sheeting (Shower)
  59.  Switchboards
  60.  Hot Water Systems
  61.  Textile Seals on some ovens
  62.  Circuit breakers
  63.  Telecommunications Pit
  64.  Hessian Bags
  65.  Cabernets
  66.  Cast Iron Switch
  67.  Corrugated sheeting
  68. Corrosive chemical containers
  69.  Paper Products
  70.  Heat Protective Pads
  71.  Curtains
  72.  Heat resistant fabrics
  73.  Steam Pipe Insulation
  74.  Electric motor components
  75.  Roofing Products
  76.  Outdoor Paths
  77.  Garden Pots
  78.  Clutch components
  79.  Brake components
  80.  Transmission components
  81.  Conduits for electrical wire
  82.  Pool Coatings
  83.  Older Vehicles
  84.  Zelemite Backing Board
  85.  Slotted Hardiflex Soffit Sheeting
  86.  Tile Backing
  87.  Vinyl Backing (Rare)
  88.  Eaves
  89.  Thermal Boards
  90.  Textured Paints
  91.  Decorative Ceiling Coatings
  92.  Carports (Walls,roofs and floors)
  93.  Ironing Board Covers (old)
  94.  Filters
  95.  Fibro Roof
  96.  Eaves
  97.  Porches (Sealants)
  98.  Old Building Materials
  99.  Wall Cement Sheeting
  100. Cladding

 

When was it built?

Asbestos was a popular building material for many years and Australia was one of the biggest users, over one million tonnes of asbestos was imported to Australia from 1930-1983 and until the 1980’s Australia had one of the highest rates of asbestos per person in the world. However beginning in the mid 1990’s and into 2003 asbestos was completely banned in construction within Australia, houses built after this date do not contain any asbestos, the following states the likelihood of asbestos being within the structure depending on when it was built.

 

  • Asbestos is highly likely to be found in houses built before the mid-1980’s
  • Asbestos is likely to be found in house that were built in the mid-1980’s to 1990
  • Asbestos is less likely to be present in houses built after 1990
  • Asbestos should not be present in houses built after 2003

 

How do I know?

The best way to know if your home or business contains asbestos is to get a professional to take samples and have them tested, Asbestos Testing Perth, they will come to your property to collect a sample which they will take to an NATA accredited laboratory and return the results directly to you, and all this can happen within 24 hours however multiple samples may take longer to ensure accurate results. Utilizing a professional will also help keep yourself and others safe as they will inform you of any risks of contamination or health risks.

 

If your home or business contains Asbestos there are a variety of options you can choose depending on the type of asbestos and the level of deterioration, Asbestos Removal Perth, can let you know the risks that the asbestos puts your family or company under and can give you a variety of options for removal.

 

 

Further Reading:

https://bainbridgeelearning.co.uk/asbestos-hiding/

https://asbestosawareness.com.au/asbestos-in-the-home/where-is-it-found/

https://www.maacenter.org/blog/common-places-to-find-asbestos/

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=29&po=5