Where asbestos may be found in a typical home

A guide foir householders and the general public

Page last updated: 06 March 2013


— flat, patterned and corrugated wall and roof sheeting, roof guttering, ridge capping, imitation brick cladding and lining under eaves

bathroom, toilet and laundry

— asbestos cement sheet walls, ceilings and floors, backing to wall tiles

living areas

— insulation in wood heaters, asbestos cement sheeting in walls, ceilings and beneath wood-heater hearths


— walls, splashbacks, ceilings, in vinyl floor tiles, backing of vinyl sheet flooring, underlay sheeting for ceramic tiles


— backing of electrical meter boards, old ironing-board covers, heatproof mats, brake and clutch linings, some plaster sealants, filters and adhesive products, and hot-water pipe insulation set into masonry walls
– low-density asbestos fibreboard wall and ceiling panels (especially in high-humidity areas)

roof cavity

– loose fill insulation (not common)


— fences, garden sheds, garages, outside toilets, carports and dog kennels
– buried and dumped waste materials

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Asbestos cement sheeting in eaves ... and in the gable end of a garage

Asbestos cement ‘brick’ cladding Asbestos cement shingles

Asbestos cement flue and cowl Asbestos cement corrugated roofing

Typical older style Australian houses that are likely to contain asbestos. Many older terraced houses, townhouses and units have very close neighbours who might be affected when asbestos is disturbed.

Friable asbestos lagging on pipes. Typical old vinyl floor tiles that might have asbestos in the backing material.

Broken asbestos cement materials from a demolition ... and in a disused outbuilding

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If you are not sure if a product in your house contains asbestos, play it safe and assume that it does. Alternatively, you can get advice from an asbestos consultant or have the product tested at a laboratory (see page how do I know if a material in my house contains asbestos?).