Published 29 October 2020

If your house was built or renovated before 1990, there's a good chance it has some asbestos.

Asbestos can be easily disturbed when doing renovations, home improvements and maintenance.

Make sure you educate yourself on where asbestos can be found before you start any work around the home as asbestos can lurk in more places than you'd think.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause a number of life-threatening diseases, including pleural disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Asbestos-related diseases cause about 4,000 deaths a year.

Asbestos materials are commonly found in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens, as well as behind tiles and under flooring.

Research shows that one-in-five DIYers have encountered asbestos, but only half sought any kind of professional help to deal with it.

Remember, leave asbestos removal to the experts. 


 How to find out if your home contains asbestos.