Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

IN OUR thriv­ing property mar­ket, a new bath­room or kitchen can in­crease the value of a home.

How­ever, ren­o­va­tors should be aware of hid­den dan­gers lurk­ing in th­ese as­bestos hot spots.

Tony Had­chiti, pres­i­dent of the Western Sydney Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils (WSROC), says western Sydney is con­sid­ered the “fi­bro belt” of Sydney.

“Any home con­structed prior to 1990, whether brick or weath­er­board, is likely to con­tain some as­bestos prod­ucts,’’ Had­chiti says.

“The trick for ren­o­va­tors is know­ing where as­bestos may be present and when to call in the ex­perts.

“Wet ar­eas such as kitchens, bath­rooms and laun­dries are the most com­mon places where as­bestos may be found. Oth­ers in­clude roof­ing, cladding, eaves, fences and elec­tri­cal switch boards.’’

Had­chiti says as­bestos must be re­moved by a cer­ti­fied con­trac­tor and dis­posed of at a li­censed fa­cil­ity.

“It can­not be put in the kerb­side garbage dis­posal or through reg­u­lar land­fill ser­vices,” he says.

Lo­cal coun­cils have a wealth of in­for­ma­tion on cer­ti­fied as­bestos re­moval­ists, test­ing fa­cil­i­ties and dis­posal cen­tres.

“Last year western Sydney coun­cils helped re­move 65 tonnes of as­bestos waste from over 500 homes,” he says.

As­bestos needs to be re­moved by cer­ti­fied con­trac­tors and dis­posed of at a li­censed fa­cil­ity.

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