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Renovating an older home? Know the risks.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Asbestos is a fire-resistant and durable mineral fibre. In Brisbane and all over Australia asbestos was used to insulate homes. It is a fantastic barrier against heat, noise and as mentioned before is fire resistant. Not only was it placed in walls, flooring, decking and roofs but was also mixed with other substances. Asbestos can be found in cement and plaster making it a great risk for home renovators.p4150096

Asbestos Use

Up until the early 1980’s materials mixed with asbestos were utilised in building construction. Products containing asbestos were used right up until the late 1980’s. Products that may contain asbestos if your home is older than 40 years include gutters, roof felt and shingles, cement, board siding & under sheeting, soffit boards, main panels and fuse boxes, walls, stucco, blown-in insulation, deck under-sheeting, downpipes and sadly the list goes on. This may seem overwhelming but there are now as many asbestos removal companies in Brisbane as there are asbestos cases. When renovating or demolishing an older house there is a high chance of coming across asbestos-containing materials so get in a professional before you begin your project.

If products made of asbestos are in good condition and left undisturbed, they do not pose a significant danger of releasing asbestos fibres into the air. However, once these materials have been disturbed or start to deteriorate then they pose a threat. Often a problem arises when material containing asbestos is drilled, sanded, moved, broken or dropped. During a renovation one or all of these actions are probable.

To avoid this risk have an asbestos inspection and asbestos removal company come in before you start your DIY project.

 

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The Hazards of Asbestos

Once asbestos is released into the air it becomes a hazard. Asbestos fibres are incredibly fine and can stay afloat in the air around a construction or demolition site for hours. Breathing in asbestos fibres causes a range of serious health problems the most common being lung disease and lung cancer. Asbestosis is the most common result of asbestos inhalation. It’s what the scarring and stiffening of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos dust is called. Asbestosis causes breathing difficulties and can lead to fatal diseases like pneumonia and heart disease. Exposure to asbestos has also been documented to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The thing about these diseases is they take years to expose themselves and by this time it’s too late. Don’t take the risk of working with asbestos and hoping nothing happens, you will regret it in years to come.

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What you Can Do

If you are planning a renovation project and know your home is older then 40 years make sure you get in an asbestos removal and inspection team. Ensure the company you choose is licensed and qualified to remove asbestos and that the staff are knowledgeable, wear appropriate gear and are happy to give advice.

More information for asbestos in Brisbane can be found online at http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/.

Remember when it comes to the health of yourself and your family it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Call an asbestos removalist for your next renovation project.

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Getting a house extension

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Many people find after having a house for years that they could’ve used another room, or space.  In some instances this might mean you have a obnoxious teen that you want at the other end of the house, or you’ve just had your heart set on a sun room. Either way we all sometimes find we want another room, and the process of getting one can be made easier by some simple things to consider.

What to think about when getting a house extension…

How is the house currently set up?

-You need to really think about how your house is currently set up, in terms of it’s functionality.

-How is the plumbing and electricity connected?

Power points? Internet set up? (Although most people now have wireless internet, you still need think deeply about how this new room extension will affect internet workings).

-Where are all the bedrooms? Are you going to want a new room wall to wall with another room? Or next to the kitchen?

 

What sort of extension do you desire?

You can get a horizontal extension or a vertical extension?

-If you have a small but tall house, you are going to have to look at whether you want to add to the upstairs or whether you want to increase the bottom level. Sometimes you wont have a choice in this matter, if you have a small block, you’re going to have to build upwards.

-If you have the opposite problem, building horizontally can expand  a good width of your house, but you need to be prepared to lose the garden.

-Do you want your extension room to be a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or lounge room/sun room?

 

Other things to think about?

-Will you need some sort of council permit to build the new extension? Get this sorted before making all the big decisions about design.

-It is always going to be more expensive to maintain an additional room in the house, so think about ways you can cut costs, such as having more windows (to prevent needing to buy air conditioning or connect it).

-Safety is another very important factor to think about when getting an extension, you need to consider all possible risks the extension could involve.

So if you’re thinking about getting a house extension and not quite sure where to start, take some advice from a professional carpenter.