• October

    30

    2018
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Where is Asbestos hiding inside my house?

Where is Asbestos hiding inside my house?

FLOORS

Take a look at the floor coverings in each room.  They might all be the same or similar, but you never know if the latest covering was laid directly over the top of an older one. It is very common to find multiple layers of floor covering to investigate.  There might also be layers of asbestos cement sheet or other materials between the layers of vinyl.

WALLS

Walk into the room and assess the texture of the surface – is it all the same; are there lines where a repair patch might have been inserted; is it smooth all the way, or are there cover straps over the joins; can you see nail heads sitting just above the surface; is there a chair rail or picture rail, of some fashion, dividing the lower from the upper wall sections.

Moreover, there may also be mouldings in the corner. These may be curved and look like modern ‘quad’ or it may be an L shaped moulding.

HEATERS

Asbestos has been found in (but not limited to) the products used for the following:

  • Fire Pit Base
  • Fire Surround
  • Fire Place Features
  • Fire Place Features Backing Boards

OVENS AND CHIMNEYS

AC Sheet was also commonly used to seal off a chimney.  A good example of this is when the chimney has been sealed off to house an oven.  There may be a cement sheet used to cap off the hole only or there may be a full surround installed.

WET AREAS

Furthermore, wet areas are a prime location for asbestos products. Behind sink splashbacks, feature panels in bathrooms, bath hobs, bath aprons, bath surrounds, etc.  The asbestos can be in the product you can see and/or hiding behind it.

CEILINGS

Also with the walls,  assess the texture of the surface – is it all the same; are there lines where a repair patch might have been inserted; is it smooth all the way, or are there cover straps over the joins; can you see nail heads sitting just above the surface; is there a vent cover or a weird light mount?

As well as this, the ceiling itself may be asbestos cement sheet. The cover straps if present may be asbestos cement and the patches, light bases and vent covers may all be formed from moulded asbestos cement.

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