A Home Remodeling Professional Will Know How To Handle Asbestos, Formaldehyde and More
Planning a home remodeling project is extremely exciting. Designing the perfect space, whether it’s a new kitchen, and upgraded master bath, or converting your attic, can be fulfilling and is the first step of your project. Once construction begins, there can be surprises, and hazards, especially if you own an older home, that you might not have counted on. That’s why it’s important to always work with a home remodeling professional.
Construction sites can be dangerous. Add to this the potential hazards uncovered during the process and it becomes clear why working with a home remodeling professional is so important. Here in Dallas, we have many older homes that were built in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Often materials like asbestos or lead paint were used, which can pose a serious health hazard to your family if not properly dealt with.
Safety and Using a Professional Home Remodeling Team
Home improvements can bring out hazards whose impacts can be minimized with a little pre-planning and the experience and expertise of a qualified professional builder. Keeping your family safe when your home is under construction is one of the primary concerns of any contractor or design/build firm. Here are some of the top hazards you might encounter during your home renovation, and how your home remodeling professional can work to keep you and your family safe.
In Every Home Improvement, A Little Dust Will Fall…
Dust is the number one nuisance for homeowners and contractors alike. This is especially true in older homes when plaster walls are demolished and sanded. A home remodeling professional will always have a control plan to protect your family. Dust can trigger allergic reactions or asthma, permeate your home and be difficult to stay ahead of.
Your contractor will work to isolate the work area from the rest of your house as much as possible. General ways to control dust include isolation, removing furniture, covering items that can’t be moved and sealing doors and air ducts. Many also use the latest state-of-the-art technology to capture airborne dust before it has a chance to escape.
If Your Home Was Built Before 1976, Lead Paint May Be An Issue
This is probably one of the most common, and most well-known issues in older homes. Prior to 1976, interior and exterior paint often contained lead. If you live in a pre-1976 home, and you have kids, this can be a real problem. Your contractor will test for lead paint in an older home before work begins.
Your contractor will take the appropriate actions to keep your family safe. A home remodeling professional will use lead-safe work practices to minimize lead contamination and any other potential hazards. Research has shown the taking a proactive site-protection approach is more reliable, safer and more cost-effective that depending on a good clean up after construction.
If you’re looking to paint and your home, give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule our Lead paint certificated specialist to help you with your home remodeling project! Or simply fill the contact form and we’ll contact you.
Asbestos was the miracle material back in the 50’s and 60’s. It was used all over the home, from pipe, duct, and furnace insulation, as regular insulation, in popcorn ceilings, plaster, and tile. It is an extremely dangerous hazard that must be removed by a licensed contractor. Make sure yours is certified and licensed to deal with asbestos. They will need to obtain the necessary permits and it must be treated properly or serious environmental contamination can occur that can put your family at risk.
The Dangers of Hidden Mold
Damp or wet conditions inside or outside walls can lead to mold growth. Mold can be extremely dangerous depending on the strain that is present and can cause serious problems to your health. It’s can cause problems for both you and your contractor, as when mold is detected, it must be professionally and completely removed before any remodeling work can begin. Make sure removal is done by a certified removal specialist, especially if a large contamination is found. Although mold can be killed by a bleach solution, even the dead spores can be extremely dangerous.
Volatile Organic Compounds
VOCs can be found in many of the chemicals used in remodeling, especially in spray or aerosol form. VOCs are typically found in furniture strippers, paints, thinners, glues and adhesives. To prevent them from entering your home, many contractors will use water-based or latex paints and other “green” products that have low VOC levels.
In every home improvement project, your first priority is to improve your quality of life and enhance your living space. Your contractor’s first priority is to keep your family safe throughout the process. Make sure that any contractor or design/build firm you choose will always approach your project with an eye on safety.
Talk with them about their process, the materials they use and their qualifications in terms of removal of contaminants. Keeping your family safe by avoiding these common hazards will make the remodeling experience more rewarding, and enjoyable and improve the quality and value of your home.
At Joseph & Berry, we’re always just a phone call away. However, if we don’t hear from you when your project is completed, you’ll hear from us when in twelve months to stop in, say hello and check our work.
If you’d like to learn more about our design-build-remodeling process and meet our professional home remodeling team to discuss your upcoming remodeling project, give us a call at (800) 371-8970 or submit the contact form.