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    MBA reminds renovators and DIY enthusiasts to be wary of asbestos

    Published on 13 February 2019, Wednesday, 12:45 AM

    Summer is the prime time for completing garden landscaping, bathroom DIY projects and other home improvement plans, but Master Builders Australia (MBA) is warning renovators to be mindful of the dangers that asbestos may pose.

    According to MBA one third of all Australian houses contain asbestos and could have a potential health risk if it's not managed carefully.

    MBA's acting chief executive officer Richard Calver said that asbestos was widely used up until the mid-1980s, and is commonly found in roofs, flooring underlay and adhesives, kitchens and bathrooms tile products, wall and ceiling products and in gutters, fences and downpipes.

    "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 renovations or DIY projects," said Mr Calver.

    "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.

    MBA has offered three tips on how DIY enthusiasts and renovators can avoid exposing themselves to potentially harmful asbestos, with the first pointer to check with a building expert regarding the age of your home and the likeliness of it containing asbestos.

    Secondly, don't start renovation until you're sure that you won't disturb asbestos. If you're not sure, assume that your house contains asbestos.

    Lastly, have a licensed professional handle and remove any asbestos-containing materials.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.