As a general rule, if your house was built before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely that it would have asbestos containing materials (ACM’S) .
Built between the mid-1980s and 1990, it is likely to have ACM’s.
Built after 1990, it is less likely that it would have ACM’s.
There are many other places in the home where asbestos-containing materials can be found including (but not limited to):
- roofing and gutters
- gables and eaves (soffits)
- walls and ceilings
- vinyl, carpet and tile underlay
- lining behind wall tiles
- imitation brick cladding
- splashbacks in wet areas
- electrical meter backing boards
- telecommunications pits
- window putty
- expansion joints
- packing under beams
- concrete formwork
If you’re in doubt, treat it like the material is asbestos and don’t interfere with it.
Therefore don’t cut it, drill into it, sand it or disturb it in any way.
We suggest that a residential asbestos survey be completed by Envirospect which will help you identify asbestos and work out what needs to be undertaken to minimise risks.
It is not required by law for you to obtain an asbestos assessment prior to purchasing or selling a property.
You may wish to consider undertaking an asbestos assessment prior to selling/purchasing a property.
Asbestos in poor condition will need to be removed or managed and this might be a financial consideration during the sale process.
Before starting any renovations, it is important to obtain an asbestos survey of your home to avoid disturbing any ACMs. The survey will help to identify asbestos that needs to be managed or removed.
An Envirospect report will include:
- details of the person/company conducting the survey
- the location of the asbestos
- a description of materials that contain/are suspected to contain asbestos (including photos)
- laboratory testing results (if a sample was taken)
- recommended action (management or removal plan)
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