Asbestos House

HSE Asbestos locations in a property
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  1. Water Tank:Is usually made of asbestos cement and is often found in older properties (pre 1980).

  2. Pipe Lagging: Asbestos insulation on pipes. Used to keep heat in or cold out. Often painted over or protected by outer coating so not obviously asbestos.

  3. Property Insulation: Loose asbestos can be found as insulation in wall and floor cavities and in lofts.

  4. Textured coating (eg artex):Can be found throughout property on ceilings and sometimes walls.

  5. Soffit Board (roof overhang): Soffit board sits behind fascia at eaves level. Board can be made from asbestos cement or asbestos insulating board.

  6. Toilet cistern: Toilet cisterns can contain asbestos-reinforced resin composite materials.

  7. Wall Panelling: Asbestos can be found as external wall cladding and as internal wall panelling both particularly around windows.

  8. Fuse box: Often found in hall or under stairs. Each fuse wire has an individual asbestos flash guard. Panel behind fuse box can be asbestos.

  9. Heater Cupboard: Heater cupboard around domestic boiler often contains asbestos insulating board.

  10. Floor tiles:Vinyl and thermoplastic floor tiles can contain asbestos. The tile backing may also contain asbestos paper.

  11. Rainwater items: Roof gutters and down pipes can often be made of asbestos cement.