Home maintenance

Asbestos finder

Test your knowlege of where asbestos might be in and around your home. 

Scroll down to see where you might find asbestos products in different areas of your home.

Bathroom

bathroom splashbackbathroom tiles

Asbestos could be in:

  • walls (could be lined with flat asbestos sheeting or with a decorative sheeting called Tilux)
  • ceiling (sheeting)
  • floors (ceramic tiles, vinyl or other flooring with compressed asbestos sheet underlay)
  • splashbacks (sheeting underneath and/or Tilux splashback was made of asbestos)

Bedroom

bedroom walls

Asbestos could be in:

  • walls (sheeting)
  • ceiling

Kitchen

floor tilesoven sealsplashback

Asbestos could be in:

  • walls (could be lined with asbestos sheeting)
  • splashbacks (sheeting underneath and/or Tilux splashback was made of asbestos)
  • textile seal to some ovens and combustion stoves
  • sinks (under sink as sound dampener - the square pad under the sink or bitumous spray applied coating may be made of asbestos)
  • floors (ceramic tiles, vinyl sheet or other covering laid over compressed asbestos sheet underlay)

Laundry

fibroflooring

Asbestos could be in:

  • walls (sheeting, backing to wall tiles)
  • ceilings
  • floors (ceramic tiles, vinyl sheet or other covering laid over compressed asbestos sheet underlay)

Roof

gutter

Asbestos could be in:

  • corrugated roof sheeting, ridge capping, vent pipe and cap
  • some guttering and downpipes were manufactured from asbestos cement
  • gutters and downpipes (non-asbestos guttering may contain asbestos residue from roofs)

Outside Areas

drainfencemeter boxfence

Asbestos could be in:

  • cladding that could be flat-sheeted, profiled sheets like Shadowline or Coverline, textured sheeting like woodgrain Hardiplank
  • shed, carport, kennel or garage (cladding and imitation brick)
  • fencing (materials such as Super Six and woven Hardie’s Hardiplank)
  • switchboards, textile wrapped hot water lines, hot water systems

Asbestos finder

Can you locate where asbestos containing materials could be in and around a typical Queensland house?

Click on an area of the house to identify the types of asbestos containing products which could be present.