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    Default Blue compound under shower floor tiles

    Our shower started to leak water outside the bathroom walls. So we decided to gut it. Starting on the floor tiles, the tile adhesive is fixed to this pale blue solid compound. I don’t know what it is. The house is 40 years old and I know the walls are asbestos. Everything seems to be covered up as ‘new’ when we purchased this place over a year ago. Is this blue stuff that has fibres in them are asbestos?

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    There is only one way to 100% confirm asbestos or not, and that is testing.

    The fibres that you show look like the backing matt that is used on small tiles to link them into larger sheets. The pale blue could be a tile adhesive, as it is in the correct location to be adhesive.

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    Looks like the tiles (including backing mat) have been laid directly over fibreglass matting (as the waterproofing).

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    As Phil said, looks like fibreglass shower base.
    If concerned would be wise to get it tested, cost around $60 to be secure nothing in there is nasty.

    Those tiles must have been given away by tile shops, I have seen so many houses with the exact ones, I have had them in two houses.
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    Cheers! I think it’s fibre glass. But agree, testing would be the way to go for piece of mind.

    Property market is crazy here. People are just giving it the cheapest reno to sell. The new tiles are just fixed on top of the old tiles. Discovering this as I pull thing’s apart

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