Re-modelling an Old Home Can be Hazardous

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It might have been a great bargain, and now you are making plans to transform that little fixer-upper into your dream home. However, you are faced with the sad fact that renovation-building materials used some 50 years back are outdated and considered hazardous. On the other hand, the old homes have unique traits in their construction that makes renovating them a danger to your health because they are hazards that should be handled with caution, or completely removed at best.

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The hazardous trains include dust, asbestos, or mold.

Pesky Dust

Dust is the most common nuisance the pegs every home renovation project. People with allergies are often at the highest risk of developing complication when the old plaster walls are torn and sanded. With most renovations done while the inhabitants of the home are still inside, it is important for the contractor to have dust control measures in place. For instance, the contractor can have HEPA-filters in place to help drawn in clean air from the outside, have the working area completely sealed, and have all the air exhausted outside. This prevents dust and other air contaminants from moving out while still providing clean air within the workspace thus ensuring good air quality throughout the house. We at Accent Renovations are keen to practice the confinement of negative air in all renovation projects we handle.

Deadly Asbestos

In the 1950’s to the 1990’s the use of asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous material, was very popular. It was highly used because it has a good resistance to chemical erosion, had excellent fire retardation, robust tensile strength, thus a good insulator. However, research into the rise in cases of lung cancer and mesothelioma discovered that the key contributor to the health problems was the inhalation of the asbestos fibers.Old homes have the asbestos in ducts, furnace insulation, pipes, and other regular insulation in products like the floor coverings, spackling compound, and the cement siding. As such, you should make sure that the contractor you hire is licensed and fully qualified to handle your Sydney asbestos removal with care.

Toxic Mold

Tearing down a wall that contaminated by mold can cause serious health problems; black mold, in particular, is often a common on stucco wallMold. The real danger with mold is that you might not see or smell it, but it is not to say that the infestation is not present. Given such facts, it thus goes to show the reason finding a mold infestation is not easy and this is further worsened by the fact that the infestation can be in inaccessible and hard to reach or view areas. Crawl spaces, under the carpet, paneling, inside old heating and cooling equipment, beneath the wallpaper, and the wall cavities are some of the common breeding grounds. Call in an expert to handle the mold if you find any infestation, large or small.

Most licensed and qualified contractors have the expertise to handle all the above issues when given the job.