Find out more about how to identify asbestos in your home:

Even though asbestos has been banned in the UK since 1999, there are still several thousands tonnes of asbestos containing materials in domestic homes and commercial properties. One of the the biggest challenges the public face is attempting to identify asbestos. It comes in many different forms, and was used in more than 3,000 different products.

In many cases, even with the help of this video, asbestos can remain difficult to identify. If you suspect that your property may contain asbestos, you can have a professional survey conducted, which will include laboratory testing to determine is materials do contain asbestos.

This video will give you a better understanding of the places where asbestos materials are most commonly found, and the typical appearance of these materials. This will enable property owners to better understand whether a material does or does not contain asbestos.

Some of the most common asbestos containing materials include:
– Asbestos Cement Sheets
– Asbestos Insulation Board
– Asbestos Tiles
– Asbestos Flues
– Asbestos Insulation
– Asbestos Lagging
– Asbestos Soffits

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  1. I'm thinking about buying a 1960s house, which is a fixer-upper. Now I'm kind of afraid to do so as the place could be filled with asbestos. It has the original horrid carpet and tiles throughout.


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