RENOVATORS SHOULD DO HOMEWORK
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.