Addressing Air Quality Concerns During Your Remodeling Project

drillingOne of the many good reasons to hire a professional to spearhead your home remodeling project is connected to air quality. Any improvements in design or energy efficiency will seem insignificant if you’ve stirred up pollutants in the process, leading to increased health risks for your family.

Both installing new materials and disturbing existing materials in your home can give way to air quality concerns. Inadequate ventilation can cause additional problems, including moisture condensation on cold surfaces, stuffy air, or mold and mildew growth.

By making sure proper ventilation is in place and sources of pollution are eliminated or controlled, air quality can be retained or improved as a result of your remodel. Some common home air pollutants include radon, lead, and asbestos.

time to remodelRadon

While the dangers of cigarette-smoking are well known, many people fail to realize that radon is our nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer.

This odorless, colorless gas cannot be easily sensed, but it can be tested and measured.

If your home’s radon levels exceed the action level of 4 picocuries per liter of air, the EPA recommends taking steps to reduce radon levels in your home.

You’ll also want to make sure your builder uses radon-reducing building methods during your remodel.

Lead

construction worker remodelingLead exposure in the U.S. today often comes from old lead-based paint, which produces dust or paint chips that cause danger when inhaled or swallowed. Providing particularly high risks for children and pregnant women, lead was considered the top threat to children’s health in the U.S. in 1991.

Exposure increases during remodeling when lead-based paint is disturbed. Dry scraping, sanding, burning, and demolition can all release toxins into the air.

Homes built before 1978 are highly likely to contain lead-based paint, so residents of older homes should take protective measures against this potential pollutant.

mom with happy babyAsbestos

Asbestos fibers are strong, heat-resistant fibers that separate from naturally-occurring materials. These fine, durable fibers can be extremely useful for building and other industries, and asbestos have been traditionally used in home construction. Depending on a home’s condition, asbestos can pose health risks to home occupants when fibers are released into the air.

Because hand pressure can allow pieces of unsealed asbestos to escape, releasing fibers into the air can lead to inhalation of fibers, prompting lung cancer and other conditions. Of course, remodeling can lead to excessive disturbing of asbestos, providing increased air quality concerns. From identifying asbestos in your home to eliminating asbestos-related concerns, this issue bears homeowner attention.

When you make sure to hire a professional builder that takes air quality issues into consideration, you can breathe more easily and enjoy your new addition or design features, knowing your family will be safe.

D.R. Hartman Construction Inc

If you are looking for a full service commercial or residential construction company in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Fairfax County, Virginia region, we'd love to have the opportunity to learn about your construction project and give you a free quote. Submit our online contact form or call Don Hartman at (301) 926-9000.


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