Breathe Easier with Livable Remodeling

Breathe Easier with Livable Remodeling

Remodeling projects create dust.

By Lorraine Hart of Ideal Consulting Services, Inc.

All remodeling projects generate dust. Air quality is a vital concern for homeowners who are undertaking a renovation especially if someone suffers from health problems such as asthma, allergies or other lung problems.

Even if the dust is completely harmless, it still is a nuisance and creates a mess. It is often the biggest complaint a homeowner may have about a remodeling project.

Air scrubber on jobsite. Photo courtesy of Vick Construction & Remodeling.

The EPA Lead Repair Renovation and Painting rule was enacted 2010 to protect homeowners from the hazards of jobsite dust. After these requirements, many contractors took dust control more seriously and have added equipment and procedures to their remodeling efforts to protect the health of families and pets from the potential hazards of dust.

It is possible to make a remodeling experience safer and more livable. If you are planning to remodel, talk to your remodeler and ask whether they have a dust control plan or practices, what the potential risks of the remodel are and what chemicals and tools they will use during the remodel. It is also important to ask what you can do to make the area safer for your family and pets while the remodeling is ongoing.

Larry Abbott, of Abbott Contracting, has been practicing dust free remodeling for many years. “We start from the curb when we pull to the house, down the sidewalk and to the front door things are kept in order,” he says. “A ‘tacky’ welcome mat will be put in place to help clean workman’s shoes. When you open the front door, there will be a layer of construction paper with blue tape, which protects the wood floors. From there, you will see continuous floor drops and a plastic corridor wall leading to the work area. There will be layers of zippered plastic doorway to contain the dust.”

Kevin Vick, of Vick Construction & Remodeling, adds: “There are systems that contractors have that can virtually eliminate remodeling dust. These include barrier systems, fans, vacuums, and equipment that filters and scrubs the air back into your space. It is possible to eliminate 90% of jobsite dust by using this equipment, which results in increased client satisfaction.”

When you are considering hiring a remodeler, ask his approach to dealing with dust. Your home remodel should make your home more livable and enjoyable, without adding stress, disruption or discomfort.

A recently remodeled kitchen.

Remodeled kitchen. Photo courtesy of Vick Construction & Remodeling.

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. To reach the authors directly, email larry@abbottcontracting.com and kevin@vick-construction.com. For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.

GHBA_RCThe Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.

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