Renovating homes containing hazardous materials could be deadly
There’re a number of hazardous materials that can be encountered when renovating an old house. The most common of these is asbestos. Asbestos material should be handled and disposed of by a specialist. Not only can it be hazardous to people in the area, but most countries have strict legislation governing the handling and disposal of asbestos. Failure to adhere to the rules could result in fines, as well as the costs of remedial work to correctly dispose of contaminated materials. Read More
Asbestos could be encountered in roofs, ceilings, walls, insulation, electrical equipment, water pipes and floor covering materials. If there’s any concerns about asbestos it’s recommended that experts are called in to test suspect materials. An expert from your area will be familiar with the type of materials used in buildings of the same age and can usually quickly test suspect materials and prepare a report.
Additional hazards to consider when doing renovation work include:
It's important if you're doing home renovations that you don't harm your health or your family's health. Ask for expert opinion if you're unsure what materials you're dealing with and if they contain lead or asbestos. Ensure you don't incorporate materials into your new home which could be harmful to your family.
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