One thing about watching television channels like HGTV and looking on websites like This Old House is that there is sure to be a time (or 10 times) when you look at a particular project and think to yourself “That looks pretty easy. I’m going to try to do it myself.” Yet before you actually start to do any home renovating, we thought it would be a good idea to share with some of the common health hazards that can sometimes arise in the midst of these kinds of projects just so that you can know what to do in order to avoid them.
So that you can feel safe and secure while you’re doing a bit of home renovating, check out these common health hazards to avoid when working on your house below:
Paint. There are many home renovations that are going to involve a coat or two of paint. But when you’re using some of the more popular brands, there’s a really good chance that you will inadvertently inhale some of its chemicals and toxins. That’s why we recommend that you go with one that is low VOC. Some of them include Yolo Colorhouse, Homestead House Paint Company and Olympic Premium.
Carpet. Unless you moved into a house that had wall-to-wall hardwood flooring, then there’s a pretty good chance that in at least one of your rooms, there is carpet. If you have no idea how long it’s been there, you might want to replace it. Carpet is something else that tends to have a lot of toxins in it and so our recommendation is that you either replace it with a carpet that is made out of natural fibers or that you pull it up altogether and put down some tile, glass or laminate flooring instead.
Insulation. If you happen to have an attic or basement that you want to change into a guest room, watch out for the insulation. Some of the older ones contain asbestos and removing it yourself could put you at risk for cancer. So, if the insulation looks yellow, silver, brown, white or blue, call a professional over to get rid of it. Also, you might want replace it with something more eco-friendly like aerogel, sheep’s wool or cotton.
Mold and mildew. Sometimes, when something is not working as effectively as we would like, we’ll get a new one. Take your HVAC unit, for instance. If it’s constantly breaking down or not blowing air at your preferred temperature, you should probably have a professional technician come over. As you’re discussing things like how much the unit will cost and what does duct cleaning do, you might want to ask them to help you look for signs of mold and mildew around it too. That’s because oftentimes old units can cause water leaks and over time, that can lead to a mold and mildew infestation that could cause all kinds of respiratory issues.
Poor ventilation. As you’re renovating, there will be all kinds of dust, dirty and debris that will pollute the air. You can keep it at a minimum by making sure that air is well-circulating throughout your home. Open up some windows. Turn on some ceiling fans. And even add a couple of more plants. Bamboo Palms and Gerber Daisies are great for helping to keep the air toxin-free. Plus, they are pretty to look at while you’re finishing up your renovation projects too.