2 Things To Remember During Your Remodel

FEMA_-_10652_-_Photograph_by_Jocelyn_Augustino_taken_on_09-11-2004_in_FloridaRemodeling your home can be one of the most rewarding things that you do, especially if you have lived in the same home for many years. Coming home every day to a nicely remodeled home can be the most refreshing part of the day. Unfortunately, remodeling can be very costly depending on how much of your house you want to remodel. A lot of people nowadays are doing their own remodeling. You can definitely save on the cost of the project, but you will have to decide if you are willing to put forth the effort in return.

If you are thinking about remodeling your home, but don’t want to hire a professional, then there are some precautions that should be taken. Many older homes are especially hazardous because of dangerous materials that were used when the home was originally built. Some of those hazards include lead paint and asbestos. There is also always the risk of mold being present inside walls or floors as a result of past water leaks or other sources of moisture. All of these hazards can lead to a dangerous environment for you and your family if precautions are not taken.

One of the most dangerous factors to consider when remodeling your home is the presence of asbestos. Asbestos removal can be difficult if you have not dealt with it before. It can be found in places like insulation, roofing shingles, vinyl floor tiles, pipes, furnaces and more. If asbestos is present in your home and will potentially be disturbed during your remodeling efforts, then the best thing to do is call in a professional to give you guidance and assistance on how to deal with it. Asbestos removal is not something you want to do on your own if you are inexperienced because you can easily create a very dangerous environment for your family.

Another very dangerous element to look for when remodeling is the presence of mold. Any type of moisture that has been present in the home before could have led to mold growth. The bad thing about mold is that it sometimes is not present until you start tearing into walls or floors. Once you are able to see the mold, it has already spread into the air and throughout the home and can be dangerous to your health. It is important to keep your home well-ventilated when you are remodeling so that these types of hazards are reduced as much as possible. Getting rid of mold can be as simple as applying bleach to it, but it can still be harmful if not removed right away.

Lead paint is another common danger that homeowners should prepare for when remodeling their home. Most older homes were painted with lead paint, which creates a dangerous environment when remodeling. You need to take precautions by wearing a mask, sealing off any rooms you are not currently working on and having as much ventilation as possible when removing lead paint. Cleaning up thoroughly after you are done working is critical so that you make sure there are no harmful chemicals lingering. Lead has been proven to be especially harmful in the neurological development of children, but is also very harmful to adults as well.

While remodeling your home on your own can be very rewarding, it can also be potentially very dangerous if you aren’t careful. Be sure to take precautions when it comes to lead paint or asbestos removal and dealing with mold. If you aren’t sure if you are dealing with any of those issues, then it is best to contact a professional to inspect your home and identify any potential hazards. Remodeling a home is a very exciting time for anyone, but you also always want to make sure you aren’t putting your health or your family’s health at risk by not taking safety precautions.

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