While these renovations can increase the value of a house, they can be dangerous if not done correctly.
There are thousands of people every year who start projects like this without knowing exactly what they are doing. When a person is lacking in the knowledge to do a DIY renovation project, basic safety measures will inevitably get overlooked. This article will give you some safety tips that will allow you to complete your project without any serious injuries or damage to your house.
The danger of lead paint is one of the most frequent problems that people face while they are renovating a home. The health consequences of prolonged exposure to lead paint can be absolutely devastating. Studies have already proven that lead paint exposure can directly lead to disorders of the central nervous system, kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, loss of hearing, learning disabilities, neurological disorders and anemia. In 1978, the United States passed a law that stopped lead from being used in the production of household paints. However, the majority of homes built prior to 1978 have paint that contains lead.
If lead paint is on a wall, it will most likely not cause any major health problems to occur. The problems start when walls are torn down and lead paint particles begin to fly through the air. These particles are dangerous if they are inhaled. This toxic dust is the reason that people should have their paint tested if their home was constructed prior to 1978 and they plan on doing a large renovation project. The process of removing lead paint should only be done be trained professionals. It will cost you some money to have this done, but it is worth the expense to avoid the horrible health consequences.
Look at your blueprints
If you just start randomly drilling holes and knocking down walls, it is only a matter of time before disaster strikes. It is critical that you know the exact locations of all your electrical lines and pipes for your plumbing. A sledgehammer to the wrong spot on your wall and you could quickly find yourself doing a renovation in the dark or under two feet of water. Not only will these mistakes cause damage to your house and slow down your renovation, they will cost a lot of money to repair.
Along with the possible electrical and plumbing issues that may result from hitting the wrong spot on a wall, you must also be sure that any wall you knock down is not load-bearing. If you accidentally knock down a load-bearing wall, it could result in your house becoming structurally unsound.
However, accidents will happen from time to time. Just in case something like this happens,it is always a good idea to keep the number of an emergency plumber handy. If water starts shooting out of a pipe, an emergency plumber can save the day. You should also have the number of a good electrician ready in case you snip a wire by mistake. Doing DIY is great, but certain jobs need to be left to the professionals.