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Asbestos in Sydney Homes – Common Locations

The extent of twentieth-century housing development in Sydney—culminating in the long postwar boom—means that any Sydney home built before 1982 has a strong chance of containing asbestos.

Where is asbestos in Sydney homes?

If you live in Sydney and your house was built prior to 1990, there is a good chance that it will contain some form of asbestos material or product, unless the potentially threatening materials have already been removed. Before you conduct any renovations, maintenance work or repairs on your home, it’s important to identify where asbestos is likely to be lurking. If you are aware of the danger zones, you can take proper precautions before starting any work around your home.

Common locations for asbestos in Sydney homes include:

The kitchen

  • Backing of vinyl floor tiles
  • Underlay sheeting for ceramic tiles
  • Hot water insulation set into walls
  • Living areas

Loose asbestos in ceiling cavities

  • Sheeting in walls
  • Heating flues
  • The bathroom & laundry

Backing to wall tiles

  • Hot water insulation set into walls
  • Sheet walls
  • Exterior walls

Exterior walls

Downpipes

  • Eaves
  • Guttering
  • Loose roof insulation
  • Rainwater heads
  • Ridge tiles
  • Roof sheeting

Where is asbestos outside of Sydney homes?

When it comes to identifying asbestos in your Sydney home, it’s important not to overlook your backyard or your front garden. Asbestos is not only a threat within the confinements of your home’s four walls, it’s can also be found outside, where you’re likely to be entertaining guests or letting the kids play.

Common locations for asbestos surrounding your Sydney home include:

  • Asbestos in soil
  • Cladding and imitation brick
  • Fencing
  • Kennels
  • Sheds
  • Garages
  • Loose asbestos cladding

Think you may have found asbestos? Airsafe provides asbestos testing for Sydney houses in our NATA-accredited laboratory. Just follow the instructions to collect a sample and we’ll give you a quick, definitive answer.

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