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What to look for & helpful information

If you have concerns about any of the below scenes, contact Asbestos Surveys CQ Pty Ltd for advice and information relating to your situation.


Asbestos ceilings can be found in many forms including asbestos fibre cement sheet (fibro) and vermiculite spray applied ceilings. The best way to describe vermiculate is that the texture looks like popcorn, a material popularly used for building science labs. Asbestos ceiling tiles were also commonly used and can be a source of concern.


It is key to note that the majority of eaves to all buildings built before 1990 will have asbestos. As a results, this is one of the most commonly tested areas for materials containing asbestos. Eaves built up until that point were commonly built using fibre cement sheeting, otherwise known as fibro.

Electrical Backing Boards

Commonly, asbestos containing materials are found in Electrical Backing Boards. One distinct sign to note (though, is by no means definitive) is a strong smell of bitumen or tar. Although these can be fairly stable composite materials, there is usually asbestos dust within the fuse box due to electricians drilling holes into the board.

Fibre Cement Sheeting

As the most prominently recoginised and common form of Asbestos, fibre cement sheet is often detected as potentially hazardous. It is important to note that true fibre cement sheet is a very hard material. As with all Asbestos Surveys, caution should be applied in determining whether the sheet material is cement or insulating board, as insulating board is a softer material and releases fibres much more readily than the stronger cement counterpart.

Fire Doors

Fire doors can often be make out of asbestos core material within the door, which can then be released into the air when fixing items such as door handles, locks and hinges. Most firedoor cores are visable when observing from the top as a white millboard material, whereas other fire doors may have fibre cement sheeting lining inside the door.


There are a variety of different types of flooring material that contain asbestos. The most common include fibre cement sheet and vinyl sheeting. It is common that the asbestos containing floor materials may be hidden by carpet and/or tiles.


Asbestos insulation was commonly used in ceiling and roof cavities for hundreds of Australian homes. The most common occurrence is when Limpet spray has been applied as thermal insulation to fire proof structural beams to buildings. This material however has an extremely high risk of exposure if disturbed.


Asbestos pipes may include but are not limited to: downpipes, asbestos cement water pipes underground, asbestos cement flues (for transporting hot air from boilers). Generally, these types of pipes are made of asbestos cement which provides a hard wearing product.


Asbestos roofs are generally identifiable as they are made from a corrugated moulded product that is usually a fairly stable material. Being a brittle roof variety, there are other significant issues with its structural properties which include the potential of falling through by walking on them.


Asbestos cement sheet and asbestos insulating board are commonly used throughout buildings to increase the fire rating, and hinder the spread of fire. Suspicious walls are a common reason to request an Asbestos Survey.