Look out for asbestos
Have you thought about asbestos before you start renovating?
Buildings, houses and flats erected before the mid-1980s may contain asbestos.
Examples of where asbestos can be commonly found in buildings include:
Fibro sheeting (commonly found in older garages, bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and external walls); Roofs (including eaves and gables); Vinyl tiles and backing; Guttering; and Drainage and flue pipes. When working in and around the home or renovating, if in doubt, assume you are dealing with asbestos and take every precaution.
The safest way to manage the removal of asbestos is to hire a licensed asbestos removal contractor.
Where asbestos fibres are friable (loose and not bonded into building materials), only licensed friable asbestos removalists are allowed to remove it.
If you do need to work with any material that may contain asbestos, ensure you take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself and minimise the release of dust or small particles from the asbestos materials that may affect others including children.
Find out about what you need to do to safely remove and dispose of asbestos at www.epa.nsw.gov.au.