Remodeling homes is great because you can see the changes for yourself. Anyone interested in tackling home remodeling projects understands that they require lots of work. However, there are additional hazards to worry about in remodeling older houses other than those associated with basic renovations. Here are some of the most common issues in remodeling older homes.
Depending on when builders initially constructed the home, you may unknowingly expose yourself to lead paint or pipes. Lead is extremely hazardous. Homes from before 1978 commonly contain lead-based paint because people were unaware of its dangers back then. Take great care when dealing with lead paint. Always clean up any paint chips you find. Never allow pets or children to chew on painted surfaces. While you can paint over lead paint with a non-toxic formula, always take precautions and wear proper personal protective equipment. This can include gloves, goggles, full-length pants, long-sleeved tops, and a painter’s mask.
Asbestos is another frequent problem. It was a common construction material between 1940 and 1980 because of its flame retardant properties. However, asbestos is notorious for its cancerous properties. It may appear in roofing, insulation, flooring, and adhesives. Asbestos will not cause harm if undisturbed. Still, it can affect your respiratory system and severely damage your lungs as it breaks down. Call a professional to remove any asbestos in your home safely.
The plumbing system can be the source of some of the most common issues when remodeling old homes. Even something as minor as trapped air in the pipes can cause serious problems if left unresolved. Due diligence is critical here. If your home uses galvanized pipes, then these can clog and wear out over time. Additionally, the water main and sewer lines may have degraded. Call a professional plumbing service to inspect the property and surrounding water systems. They have the tools, knowledge, and experience to handle all plumbing issues during your remodel. Other tasks like fixing leaks or replacing appliances are things you can sufficiently do.
Lastly, never attempt electrical projects by yourself. Always call an electrician to help with wiring, as you may never know which are live wires or not. Faulty wiring can also result in a house fire. Additionally, older homes may not have the electrical capacity to withstand modern appliances. In any case, contact an electrician to repair faulty wires to make the home safer and more energy-efficient.