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Some important information about asbestos in Sydney homes

If you are looking at buying a house that was built in Sydney’s Western and Northern Suburbs before the 1980’s you will want to get a building inspection to check out the roof space before you purchase.

A discovery late last year found that several houses had Loose-fill asbestos in their ceilings which was pumped into roof cavities during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

During this time the home insulation business Mr Fluffy sold and installed loose-fill asbestos in ceilings of homes in the ACT and parts of NSW.

Last year, more than 1,000 Canberra homeowners were told their properties were contaminated with the deadly carcinogen, despite safety assurances following a government-funded clean-up program in the 1980s.

The chances of Asbestos being in your roof space is limited however there still might be fibre remnants or other Asbestos products in and around properties in Sydney.

Asbestos material was used by the majority of Australian builders up until 1987, with a number still using it right up until 2000.

Asbestos was used by itself or mixed with other materials in the ceilings, walls, floors, fences, roof, guttering and many other areas of homes and buildings during this time. While it is a toxic and carcinogenic material, it is mostly innocuous if left alone. However, if asbestos material is cut or tampered with then the dangerous material will be released and should only be handled by experienced licensed professionals.

If you plan on doing some renovation work to your deteriorating walls, ceiling or other parts of your property, or if you intend to begin renovation or construction work, then in the interest of safety for you, your family and your contractors, you will require a building inspection to check for asbestos. This will determine the location of asbestos products in your home and the extent of risk they pose. That way you can organize to have the material removed by professionals.

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