What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fibre.  There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

Examples of Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found In The Home

Bathroom, Kitchen and Laundry substrates are commonly made of Asbestos. Sometimes entire wall linings were Asbestos. Fibro houses actually means an Asbestos Fibre Cement house! Those lovely fake bricks that covered all the old weatherboards are also made of Asbestos.

Eave linings are also commonly made of Asbestos.

Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation and in fact houses up until 1985 routinely had Asbestos products used. Australia only fully banned the use and sale of Asbestos in 1990.

Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling  joints.

Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.

Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.

Walls and floors around woodburning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.

Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.

Hot water, steam pipes and gas flues in older houses may be either coated with an asbestos material or made fully of Asbestos.

We are trained in detection of suspected Asbestos products in your home and we also can offer full lab testing and reports if required.