While you can t easily tell if your walls are made from asbestos there are a few telltale signs that will lead you to organising further testing.
Asbestos wall. To identify asbestos in your walls a piece of the wall needs to be sent to a nata accredited testing facility which will then determine whether there is any asbestos in the walls of your home. Asbestos has been linked to multiple health problems including a type of cancer called mesothelioma. Asbestos was mainly used for making the building walls fireproof due to the fire resistance power of this material. The date a building was built is often the most important clue to whether or not it contains asbestos.
Though asbestos in plaster may be present in most of the old buildings the walls that were declared as fire rated are sure to contain unhealthy amounts of asbestos. Asbestos was common in building materials between 1920 and 1986 asbestos was common in decorative plaster between the 1940s and 1980s and in the artex ceilings that were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Bonded asbestos walls made of cement sheet and corrugated asbestos are generally quite stable when they are in good condition and are only cause for concern during renovations or major refurbishment. During a renovation the main concern is that the asbestos wall is broken down in many pieces by hand or that it is broken down using power tools liberating the asbestos fibres into the air.