Tips to Maintain Your Indoor Air Quality While Remodeling
Remodeling projects can result in airborne particulates and other pollutants being released into the air. In order to prevent this, it’s necessary to have a plan for maintaining indoor air quality while remodeling. Here’s a look at the pollutants that may be released during your remodeling project and what to do about them.
Harmful Substances That May Be Uncovered
Some of the harmful substances that may be in your home include asbestos, lead, mold and formaldehyde. These substances can result in health problems such as lead poisoning, lung cancer, mesothelioma and problems with the central nervous system. While these substances may not pose a threat to your health if they’re not disturbed, they can be made airborne as walls, floors and ceilings are torn down. Have these pollutants sealed and removed by professionals in order to prevent health problems.
Tips for Maintaining IAQ While Remodeling
The following are a few tips to reduce indoor pollution and maintain your indoor air quality:
- Have your home’s air quality tested for pollutants before you start remodeling.
- Replace any affected materials and clean the area thoroughly if there are any mold and mildew problems that have been discovered while remodeling.
- Look for labeling that indicates asbestos is present. Check for removal instructions.
- Finishes such as paint, varnish and thinners all have the potential to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs).Make sure work areas are well ventilated.
- Seal off vents and ducts to prevent pollutants from getting into your HVAC system and being carried throughout your home.
- Make sure the changes you make to your home include improved ventilation so that you and your family are protected against allergens, toxic gases and other pollutants. If you want to learn more about maintaining indoor air quality while remodeling, contact our team of professionals.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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