After you’ve decided that a home redesign is in order, it might seem like your project is going to be all about figuring out the steps you need to take for the new stuff to happen, and then doing them, one by one. However, there’s a small caveat when it comes to home design in particular, and that’s the fact that there are often dangerous materials and conditions that you have to work around, particularly when dealing with walls and structure.
Five of these things to consider, before you do any major demolition to any walls or structural barriers in your home include looking for asbestos, knowing how to deal with loose electrical wiring, paying attention to water leaks, looking for black mold, and knowing how to safely hand old insulation.
Especially when you’re working with older buildings, there’s always the chance of running into asbestos. If you don’t know what it looks or smells or feels like, do some research to find out what to look for. A lot of home redesigns will be working with walls, doors, frames, and ceilings, not to mention roofs and basements, and those are some of the prime places for that substance to show up.
Loose Electrical Wiring
If you’re working down low, say to add some sort of decoration along the lower half of the walls of a room, and you do anything with hammers, nails, saws, or screws, you need to be very careful of the home’s electrical wiring. The last thing that you need to do is cause a breaker to go out, shock yourself, or even start a fire if you jiggle the right things just the right way.
If you’re doing any redesign work in wet areas, you need to be very aware of water leaks, because that could illustrate a few different kinds of issues with plumbing. And unless you have some knowledge about plumbing, and the tools to go with it, you want to be careful working around any of those fixtures.
And if there are leaks, one of the things that many people find when they start tearing down barriers, is the dreaded black mold. It looks gross, smells bad, and can cause some pretty serious health risks if you get that stuff in your lungs.
And then finally, if you want to keep away from another common dangerous (or at least irritating) aspect of redesign work, you’ll figure out a way to either safely handle or totally avoiding working with old insulation. Image going up in the attic to work on something and it being just totally full of shredded old fiberglass. Not so much a good time there!