What does Asbestos look like?

It can be difficult to identify asbestos, as it is often mixed with other materials, a question we are often asked is where am I most likely to find Asbestos in my house.

Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in Great Britain up until 1999. So if your house was built or had work done to it up to this period there may be a risk that asbestos is present.

Some areas in your home where you may find asbestos include:

  • Eaves, gutters and rainwater fall pipes
  • Fire blankets
  • Boilers
  • Garage and shed roofs
  • Linings for walls, ceilings and doors
  • Insulation panels in some storage heaters
  • Bath panels
  • Central heating flues
  • Loose asbestos packing between floors and in partition walls
  • Floor tiles
  • Ironing boards
  • Ceiling finishes
  • …and many more


Below are a few images of common Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM).

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)

As you can see there are a number of materials that may well contain Asbestos. If you think that you may have Asbestos in your property, leave the area alone and get a professional in to sample it.

It may well not be Asbestos, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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