Home owners inspired to renovate homes themselves have been reminded of the potential risk of exposure to asbestos. Television series such as The Block and House Rules have prompted many to do much of the work themselves in an effort to save time and costs associated with professionals. However, spending the extra money to have asbestos sheeting removed professionally reduces the risk of exposing you and your family to the deadly dust. Over the years shows such as these have been criticised for their advertisements, where they show contestants power-sawing through a roof which covered them in a waterfall of dust and also criticised when a contestant removed vermiculite (a popular bumpy-looking ceiling surface) which can contain asbestos. If you do come across asbestos during a renovation, call an expert or get it tested. Do not handle it with bare hands. Wetting asbestos down, double-bagging it and taking it to a professional are wise first steps. If you or someone you know have been exposed to asbestos or have developed a dust related disease, call Bree Knoester on 9321 9879.