Updated: Nov 4, 2022
DO YOU HAVE ASBESTOS IN YOUR HOME?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with unique properties used in various industries. It is composed of long, thin fibres that can be woven into cloth or combined with other materials to produce solid and heat-resistant products. For many years, Asbestos was considered an excellent material for insulation, fireproofing, and soundproofing. However, it is now known that asbestos fibre exposure can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos is still a significant concern in the UK due to high levels of contamination in residential properties.
Although, due to the building substances used at the time, the risks from asbestos fibres are likely higher in residential buildings built before 1985. Nonetheless, Asbestos was not banned in the United Kingdom until 1999. As a result, if your home was built or renovated before 2000, Asbestos materials may still be present.
Until the end of 1999, Asbestos was used in various construction materials.
Given the figure above, the list below highlights some common locations where Asbestos may be found in your property.
ASBESTOS IN PROPERTY INTERIORS
1. Water tank made of asbestos cement
2. Lagging of pipes
3. Insulation with loose fill
4. A decorative coating with texture, such as Artex
5. Ceiling tiles (Asbestos Insulating Board - AIB)
6. Bath panels (AIB)
7. Toilet cisterns and seats
8. Behind fuse boxes (AIB)
9. Inside airing cupboards
10. Partition walls
11. Window panels
12. Boiler Insulation
13. Vinyl floor tiles
14. Behind fireplaces
ASBESTOS IN PROPERTY EXTERIORS
1. Downpipes made of cement and Asbestos
2. AIB or asbestos cement for soffits
3. Exterior window panel by AIB
4. A cement roof with Asbestos
5. Cement panels with Asbestos
6. Felt Roofing
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