What is this? Asbestos?

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Hi. We've just removed the skirting boards in our victorian terraced house and we have found some black gunk/fluff. What is it? We're worried it could be asbestos.

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Jim
 

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It looks like the usual fluff, spiders webs and dust that always accumulates there Jim, no need for asbestos to have ever been in that area.
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I'd say it was soot combined with lint/dust. Well known to every tradesman who's ever worked on coal-fire heated buildings. For a quick overview of where you are most likely to find asbestos (if any) in a domestic situation, take a look at this site and click on the link for Residential Property
 
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