Ren­o­va­tors should be wary of as­bestos risk

Central and North Burnett Times - - DOMAIN -

DIY en­thu­si­asts and ren­o­va­tors must be mind­ful of the dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with as­bestos when com­plet­ing their home im­prove­ment projects over the sum­mer pe­riod.

Sum­mer is a pop­u­lar time to com­plete home projects, but Master Builders Aus­tralia warns ap­prox­i­mately one third of all houses in Aus­tralia con­tain as­bestos and pose a po­ten­tial health risk un­less care­fully man­aged.

Richard Calver, Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Master Builders Aus­tralia said as­bestos was widely used in build­ing ma­te­ri­als up un­til the mid-1980s and could be found in ev­ery room of a house.

“DIY and home ren­o­va­tion projects are ob­vi­ously very pop­u­lar. Master Builders es­ti­mates that the value of work done on home ren­o­va­tions, al­ter­ations, ad­di­tions and DIY projects was more than $25 bil­lion in 2012.

“How­ever, home ren­o­va­tors and DIY en­thu­si­asts should not down­play the im­por­tance of seek­ing pro­fes­sional ad­vice to avoid dis­turb­ing as­bestos in or­der to com­plete their projects safely.

“In good con­di­tion, as­bestos in a home does not pose a se­ri­ous health risk.

How­ever, is­sues arise when as­bestos con­tain­ing ma­te­ri­als are dis­turbed dur­ing home ren­ova- tions or DIY projects.

“As­bestos is dif­fi­cult to iden­tify and, once dis­turbed and air­borne, it can pose se­ri­ous health risks.

It is cru­cial to seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice be­fore start­ing your next home project,” Mr Calver said.

Master Builders of­fers three tips for all bud­ding home ren­o­va­tors and DIY en­thu­si­asts to avoid ex­pos­ing them­selves to po­ten­tially harm­ful as­bestos:

* Check with a build­ing ex­pert re­gard­ing the age of your home and the like­li­hood of the ex­is­tence of as­bestos con­tain­ing ma­te­rial.

* Do not start any ren­o­va­tion work un­less you are sure that you will not dis­turb as­bestos.

If in doubt, as­sume that your home con­tains as­bestos.

* En­gage a li­censed pro­fes­sional to han­dle and dis­pose of any as­bestos con­tain­ing ma­te­ri­als, re­gard­less of the quan­tity.

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