How to Protect Your Health During a Remodel
There’s no question that mess is a part of remodeling. You may be taking out old appliances, installing new counters, breaking down walls, or even adding a home addition. But sometimes that mess can come with health risks to those who live in the house. It’s important to protect your health throughout the process of the home remodel and as your newly remodeled area settles into your home. Here are a few of our tips to prioritize your health as well as the health of your home.
Know the Risks
First, it helps to know how your health could be at risk during a remodeling project. When you know what to watch out for, you’re better prepared to protect yourself. Typically, health risks come in the form of indoor air quality. If, for instance, your home was built before 1978, there’s a strong chance that lead based paint was used. When this paint is sanded or heated, it releases fumes that can be toxic and cause lead poisoning. Fumes from paint strippers or direct contact with your skin can lead to a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. A home remodel might also expose issues like mold that were previously hidden.
Talk to Your Remodeler
A conversation with your remodeling company may not solve everything, but it will ensure that the crew does all they can to make the work area as safe as possible. Ask what kind of products they use, what those products contain, and if there is any risk involved. You might even ask what they recommend as far as safety tips in order to be as prepared as possible for the big day.
Keep Kids and Pets Out of the Way
For a multitude of reasons, it’s always a good idea to keep kids and pets out of the way of the remodeling work. However, indoor air pollutants during a remodeling project is certainly one of the major concerns. Children can be particularly susceptible to lead poisoning, as well as your cats and dogs. If you’re pregnant, you should probably also steer clear of the site. It might be a good idea for everyone to get out of the house while the work is being done and keep the project manager’s phone number in case you need to contact them.
You can buy air purifiers and such to attach to your HVAC system and keep your air free of indoor pollutants. However, one of the best things you can do to keep your home safe during a remodeling project is open the windows. Air out those fumes that could potentially be toxic so that they’re no longer hanging around your home. It will also keep any noxious odors from the remodeling to a minimum and make the home more bearable in the first few days after the project.With the right partners to help with your remodeling project, you can have the home you want and stay healthy throughout. Contact MBC Remodeling today for more information or to set up a free consultation.