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Where do you find asbestos cement?

Asbestos cement is mainly a mixture of chrysotile (white asbestos) and cement, moulded and compressed to produce a range of asbestos cement products. You can find asbestos cement in many places inside and outside buildings such as:

  • Asbestos cement roofs
  • Asbestos wall cladding
  • Asbestos downpipes and gutters
  • Asbestos cement flues
What does it look like?

Asbestos cement is just ordinary cement mixed with asbestos, in some cases asbestos can make up over a third of the cement. It is a hard, grey material which was moulded and compressed to produce some of the materials listed above.

Where do you find this?

Mostly found in or on heating systems such as around boilers or calorifiers and around pipework.

What does this look like?

This type of asbestos has many different appearances but is mostly a fibrous material which flakes and powders easily. When applied to pipes it is often covered in a protective coating (or painted) which can be any colour, and may make it more difficult to identify.

Where do you find this?

This was used to insulate industrial and domestic premises so can be found in between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces.

What does this look like?

This is a loose, fluffy insulation material (similar to candyfloss), which may be blue-grey or whitish in colour.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find asbestos cement?

Asbestos cement is mainly a mixture of chrysotile (white asbestos) and cement, moulded and compressed to produce a range of asbestos cement products. You can find asbestos cement in many places inside and outside buildings such as:

  • Asbestos cement roofs
  • Asbestos wall cladding
  • Asbestos downpipes and gutters
  • Asbestos cement flues
What does it look like?

Asbestos cement is just ordinary cement mixed with asbestos, in some cases asbestos can make up over a third of the cement. It is a hard, grey material which was moulded and compressed to produce some of the materials listed above.

Where do you find these?

Textured coatings were used to produce decorative finishes on ceilings and walls. In the past, they have had various trade names such as ‘Artex’.

What do these look like?

This is dependent on the particular decorative finish required ie peaks or patterns. They are hard and were originally white in colour but have often been painted over.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Where do you find AIB?

Asbestos Insulating Board was commonly used as fireproofing material but it had many other uses such as:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels in fire doors
  • lift shaft linings
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • panels below windows
What does is look like?

Normal building items such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. It is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials.

Absestos toilet cistern
Where do you find these?

Asbestos floor tiles were once a popular choice for flooring, and you will often find old asbestos floor tiles hidden under carpets.

Textiles can be found in fuse boxes behind the actual fuse. Old fire blankets and heat resistant gloves can also be made out of asbestos textiles.

Asbestos composites can be toilet cisterns and seats, window sills, and bath panels.

Asbestos paper was used for lining under tiles and inside metal cladding.

What do these look like?

These asbestos-containing materials are not very distinctive from what is used now. To make sure we recommend you ask the owners about how long they’ve had certain things or look for a trade name. You should be able to look up this trade name on the internet to find out more about it.

Where do you find these?

Asbestos floor tiles were once a popular choice for flooring, and you will often find old asbestos floor tiles hidden under carpets.

Textiles can be found in fuse boxes behind the actual fuse. Old fire blankets and heat resistant gloves can also be made out of asbestos textiles.

Asbestos composites can be toilet cisterns and seats, window sills, and bath panels.

Asbestos paper was used for lining under tiles and inside metal cladding.

What do these look like?

These asbestos-containing materials are not very distinctive from what is used now. To make sure we recommend you ask the owners about how long they’ve had certain things or look for a trade name. You should be able to look up this trade name on the internet to find out more about it.

Where do you find asbestos cement?

Asbestos cement is mainly a mixture of chrysotile (white asbestos) and cement, moulded and compressed to produce a range of asbestos cement products. You can find asbestos cement in many places inside and outside buildings such as:

  • Asbestos cement roofs
  • Asbestos wall cladding
  • Asbestos downpipes and gutters
  • Asbestos cement flues

Asbestos can also be found in roofing felt that was often used for garage roofs, outbuildings etc.

What does it look like?

Asbestos cement is just ordinary cement mixed with asbestos, in some cases asbestos can make up over a third of the cement. It is a hard, grey material which was moulded and compressed to produce some of the materials listed above.

Dangers of Asbestos around the home

Internal

A - Water tank / Asbestos cement

B – Pipe lagging

C – Loose fill insulation

D – Textured decorative coating eg Artex or AIB Ceiling tiles

E – AIB partition wall

F – AIB interior window panel

G – AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler

H – Toilet seat and cistern

I – Fire doors

J – AIB bath panels

K – AIB around boiler

L – Vinyl floor tiles

M – AIB behind fuse box

N – AIB behind fireplace

 

Exterior

O – Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes

P – Asbestos cement roof / panels

Q – Soffits (AIB or asbestos cement)

For your absolute peace of mind