3 crucial questions to ask when planning a renovation
It’s important to consider more than just the design when planning a bathroom renovation. Have you thought about the practical aspects such as the risk of asbestos, insurance cover, and termite protection? A good builder will be able to answer all your questions, as well as provide expert advice on all aspects of the project.
What do I do if I suspect my bathroom has asbestos?
For many years before the 1990’s, it was very common for builders to use materials containing asbestos such as asbestos cement (fibro) sheeting and pipes.
Insulating boards used for fire protection, heat or sound insulation, or in old-style electrical fuse boards were also common asbestos containing products. These products could be found in wall linings, ceiling tiles, and electrical boards in homes across Australia built before 1990.
Another asbestos type used in homes was loosely-bound asbestos. This type was utilised in home insulation, soundproofing, and fireproofing but also could also be found in things like the backing of lino or vinyl flooring, hot water system insulation, and stove insulation.
Asbestos and your renovation
If you suspect the area of your home that you are planning to renovate may contain asbestos, its best to seek professional advice well before starting your renovation. Testing can be done by collecting a small sample of the suspected asbestos-containing materials and sendíng them to a specialist asbestos testing lab to be analysed.
The risk of having asbestos in your home increases the older it is. As a general rule:
- Houses built before 1980 - highly likely to contain asbestos.
- Houses built between 1980 and 1990 - likely there is asbestos present.
- Houses built between 1990 and now - unlikely to contain asbestos.
This is just a guide - if you are worried it’s best to have the area tested. Your builder can also provide you with advice in relation to the asbestos risk in your home.
More information on asbestos in the home can be found - asbestoswise.com.au
Does my bathroom renovation need home warranty insurance?
Yes, all building work done in Queensland over the value of $3,300 must be covered under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission home warranty insurance. This insurance protects homeowners if a builder fails to complete a job, fails to rectify faulty work, loses their licence, or goes out of business.
Homeowners are covered for a period of 6 years and 6 months after (whichever is the earliest date):
- the insurance premium is paid.
- building commences.
- the building contract is entered into.
The premium for your home warranty insurance is included in the cost of your renovation project and paid to the QBCC prior to the project starting by your builder. Your builder can provide you with details on the home warranty insurance policy for your project.
More information on the QBCC home warranty insurance can be found at qbcc.qld.gov.au.
Will renovating my bathroom affect the termite barrier?
If you are using the existing plumbing infrastructure during the renovation, your home's termite barrier should not be affected. However, if you are relocating the shower, vanity or toilet during the reno you may need to disrupt the existing termite barrier which would need to be reinstated.
When cutting a concrete slab to install new pipework during renovations, you are required to treat the area to keep termites out by sealing the construction joints and pipe penetrations.
More information on managing termites around your home can be found - qbcc.qld.gov.au
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