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Asbestos Surveys – Where is the asbestos in your home?

Any property built or refurbished before the year 2000 could potentially contain asbestos. The diagram below shows where asbestos could be hiding in your property (see below re copyright). An asbestos survey will help identify these potential health risks and recommend how to manage them safely. ACM Surveys Ltd can help you find, record, monitor and manage asbestos safely & effectively in all properties (domestic and commercial).

House with areas containing asbestos highlighted in red. Those areas are detailed in the following list

  1. 1. Water Tank:
    Can be made of asbestos cement and is often found in older houses (pre 1980).
  2. 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. Can be asbestos paper, hand applied insulation, asbestos textiles.
  3. 3. House Insulation:
    Loose asbestos can be found as insulation in wall and floor cavities and in lofts.
  4. 4. Textured coating (eg artex):
    Can be found in the decorative coating on ceilings and walls. Popularly know as ARTEX (Asbestos Reinforced TEXtured coating)
  5. 5. Soffit Board (roof overhang) & Roof tiles:
    The soffit sits behind the fascia at eaves level. Board can be made from asbestos cement or asbestos insulating board. Asbestos cement roof tiles can also be on the roof itself.
  6. 6. Toilet cisterns and seats:
    Both can contain asbestos-reinforced plastic/resin composite materials. Usually found in the old black reinforced plastic sanitary ware (sometimes the cisterns are painted cream)
  7. 7. Wall Panelling:
    Asbestos can be found as wall cladding  both internally and/or externally,  particularly around windows.  Can be either asbestos insulation board or asbestos cement.
  8. 8. Fuse box:
    Often found in halls or under stairs, each fuse wire can have an individual asbestos textile flash guard. The fuse box may also contain an asbestos textile gasket seal. Panels behind the fuse box can be asbestos insulation board or asbestos cement.
  9. 9. Heater Cupboard:
    The panels surrounding a domestic boiler often contains asbestos insulating board. The pipe work may also have asbestos lagging.
  10.  10. Floor coverings:
    Vinyl and thermoplastic floor tiles/overlay can contain asbestos. The tile backing may also contain asbestos paper. The bitumen adhesive used may also contain asbestos.
  11. 11. Rainwater items:
    Roof gutters and down pipes can often be made of asbestos cement.


This article ontains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0


Graph Contract Services– We have over 25 years hands-on experience of working with asbestos in both residential & commercial premises. We offer free impartial advice based upon our years of experience.  Asbestos awareness can save lives!

If you need an asbestos survey, or a need a material sampling & analysing for asbestos, please contact Graph Contract Services on 07802 455049. We carry out asbestos sampling, asbestos management surveys, asbestos refurbishment surveys, asbestos demolition surveys, asbestos inspections, asbestos management of asbestos in domestic & non-domestic properties.

We work both local and nationally, having recently carried out asbestos surveys in Bristol, London, Manchester, Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax,

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Published Jan 18, 2012
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