Restoring The Home After A Messy Renovation
Cleaning up after renovation can be hard work but it's worth it for the final effect.
In recent months, there has been an upsurge in the amount of home improvements being undertaken by American homeowners. Roughly 40% of homeowners are now looking to renovate the home within the next two years, according to Mortgage Reports research, which provides a clear indication of how enthusiastic homeowners are to get building. While the process of remodeling or reconstruction is always an exciting time, many homeowners will forget about the unwelcome aftermath – more often than not, the home is left in a less than desirable condition. Typically, this requires cleaning on the scale of a typical commercial property, since common household materials simply are not cut out for the materials and detritus left behind by construction.
Sizing up the job
A renovated or reconstructed property will offer far more questions to the cleaning challenge than a simple layer of dust. Drywall, plaster, brick and wood shavings are all materials that will feature heavily in any renovation’s aftermaths and will be too difficult for consumer cleaning products and devices. Furthermore, they carry a specific health risk; the CDC note that particulates from the building materials themselves can cause respiratory damage, as can any residual mold or other results of material breakdown in older homes.
The key to avoid damage to your property or your health is in properly assessing the job ahead of you. What materials were used? How much detritus is there? Can my equipment deal with the clear up, and do I have the relevant protection gear available? If you can’t make your mind up on whether you are capable of finishing any given job, there’s no harm in looking for specialists that will be able to provide a specialist cleaning job to your property without any risks.
Looking at removal
Many building materials can be classed as hazardous, and this presents a specific challenge in how to deal with them. Improperly disposed of materials can lead to civil or even criminal penalties in certain states, due to the recycling ordnance and federal law concerning certain toxic compounds that are contained within them. It can be very tempting to rip down old parts of the house and send it to landfill, either via a trash removal service or in different sections. This process can land you in hot water, however, and so it’s important to be thorough with your disposal efforts.
Like with caring for the potentially damaging areas of your home that have the potential to release harmful materials, disposing of harmful building waste in a responsible manner can be best achieved with help from experts. Treat your home as a commercial property where every action you take is one that can withstand scrutiny. This will safeguard you, your financial future, and the quality of the home you live in.
Keeping it clean for the future
A thorough job scouring the home should rid you of the issues associated with home building or renovation. What should come next is an all-in plan to manage the future of the home, with consideration given chiefly to how the construction of the place will interact with future work; renovations are often conducted more than once within a short period of time, and that will result in another event of construction materials being deposited within the home.
Also consider how your home will perform when combined with modern technological standards. As connectivity becomes a big consideration in the modern home, this may result in walls being torn down to use more permissive materials. Consider going for a holistic approach – deal with old building materials in the proper way, and aim to cleanup using environmentally friendly green cleaning techniques. This will ensure that the entire process of your home renovation makes a positive impact on the world around you.
Over time, building materials in homes will break down, even subtly, and contribute to to in-house clean-up. This may be new with new building materials as they ‘bed in’ with your property. Accordingly, it’s really important that you keep on top of this to ensure that your home remains safe and has clear air. Chiefly, this includes keeping on top of floor and wall cleaning to remove particulates, and working to actively monitor the quality of air in your property to find issues before they become problematic.
Home renovation is an exciting time, and when it’s all said and done, it can be tempting to simply throw all of the used materials into the landfill. Rather than taking a catch-all approach to disposal, use your knowledge to manage it every step of the way. Doing so will make your home healthier, keep you on the right side of important disposal laws, and also help you to do what you can to keep the planet happy and healthy – rather than unfairly impacted.
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