Demolition and remodeling are two types of projects that are inherently exhausting. Simply thinking about the logistics of the whole affair can make your brain hurt, let alone trying to put all the wheels into motion. However, the troubles don’t stop there. Extensive house works always go hand in hand with tons of toxic materials such as lead, asbestos, and various Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) you expect out of your house by the time the works are over. Unfortunately, these toxins have a nasty habit of clinging to things long after the contractors leave the house. The smaller the particles, the worse.
Health issues caused by remodeling debris
The resulting health issues feature terrifying variety. For instance, something as simple as dust particles can cause long-term problems like respiratory irritation. The extensive amounts of silica can cause silicosis, and lead is a very dangerous poison. The only way you can put an end to this issue is to take a smarter approach to the whole remodeling thing and try to keep toxic debris at the bare minimum. Let’s take a look at how.
Make dust containment a part of the budget
People often tend to look at cleaning and dust containment as an afterthought. That is why their results are equally as underwhelming. If you want to change the situation, you have to make containment a part of your remodeling plans, and, even more important, set aside the sum of money sufficient to make the whole thing happen. Otherwise, keeping the dust on the minimum will quickly fall victim to other bullet points you currently perceive more important.
Move the furniture out of the house
No matter how hard you try to keep your furniture out of the way and protect it from the dust, toxic particles will find a way even under the most carefully set up tarps and continue to cause problems in the months to come. Also, you will constantly trip over things, have to micromanage stuff and put yourself in danger of getting hurt. The contractors will want to see an empty space the day they get started; that’s why all the furniture needs to be cleared out and moved to a remote storage unit. Instead of hiring a full-service moving company, you should seriously consider renting a moving truck, because that has been proven to be the more affordable and practical solution. Turning to Budget truck rental service for instance, will allow you to find a suitable vehicle and then transport all your items to a safe temporary location while the renovations are in progress.
Isolate the critical areas
One of the best ways of keeping the dust under control is to strategize the demolition/renovation, tackle the works room by room and simply seal off the work area from the rest of the house. Your go-to solution for doing so will be incredibly versatile plastic sheets, and don’t worry, they come in an eco-friendly variety. As for the alternatives that will create a sturdier barrier or temporarily replace the wall, reclaimed wood panels seem like a very sensible solution.
Use the windows as much as you can
Moving in and out all of your tools, furniture pieces and other materials entails a lot of footwork and helps the debris spread all around the house. The best way to put an end to this issue is to utilize your windows as much as you can. Just make sure that the windows are actually protected from damage and dirt. Another thing you can do is install a box fan in one window, crack another one open, and seal all other access points with cardboard to create a good airflow that will help the dust find a way out.
Don’t forget the floor
If the dust manages to find a cover in the space between your wooden floor tiles, the chances are it will stay there forever. That is why you should protect the floor surfaces as much as possible. Fortunately, options you have at your disposal are plentiful and range from simple plastic rolls to durable protecting covers. Also, it is always a good idea to clean as you work and don’t allow debris to pile up. Since dry dusting will only get the dirt back in the air and spread it elsewhere, damp mopping should be your preferred approach.
Move the bulk of the work outside
Small chores like cutting and preparing the mortar generate a lot of dirt. There is no reason why you should perform them inside the house. For the small inconvenience of having to work in the yard and passing the prepared materials through the window, you will practically cut the debris problem in its roots. If all of this is too inconvenient for you, try to find a room, or, at least, a part of the room seal it off and cut all of your materials there.
If you follow these few tips, setting up your home after the works are done will be a breeze. Remodeling and demolition works are already a pain in the neck. There is no need to make them worse with the tons of poisonous dust flying around the house in the months to come.
About the author:Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger, DIY enthusiast and sustainability buff from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and contributor on several lifestyle, business and eco-friendly blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.