Spring Renovations – Hazmat Survey’s & Mould Prevention
Spring is here; this means it’s time for renovations! It’s important when considering your renovation (either independently or with a hired contractor) that you plan on using the best building products, methods, and materials available.
There are various reasons for making sure your renovations are quality and safe. For example, it’s important to use products that will not mould.
Why do we make sure our plumbing is safe and durable? Why do we conduct a Hazmat Survey before starting demolition?
We take precautions to ensure the safety our families, in order to live better, healthier lives. There’s no question that your home has a direct impact on your personal and family’s health.
For example, living in a home for an extended period of time with large amounts of mould can cause a multitude of health issues. The only way to know if your home has a mould issue is to look and test for it- that’s why we always tell homeowners to check for signs of mould, and to use prevention methods to stop mould growth. It makes a huge difference, and has lasting, positive effects.
Pro-Tip: Have a Hazmat Survey completed before any major renovation; this is something that’s often required, but is also considered a best practice.
The good news is that the construction industry is dynamic. It is constantly moving forward to develop better, safer and healthier, products and building practices- that’s why building codes change. Before starting your renovation, familiarize yourself with the appropriate building codes for your project in your municipality.
Homeowners also play a big role when it comes to building and maintaining healthier homes, starting with the right education, and learning about the different options available when choosing everyday products to use in their homes.
As a homeowner, this could mean choosing higher-quality air filters for your furnace or investing in the right water filter to ensure your home’s drinking water is safe. Further examples include: asking your contractor to install insulated subfloors in the basement to prevent mould and moisture issues, using water and moisture-resistant products in the bathroom, and installing high-quality drywall.
If you find mould in your home, especially as we move into spring, it’s important to address the moisture issue head-on, and get rid of the mould using safe and effective practices (Click here for a full list of signs and prevention methods).
At the end of the day, we all have to work together – homeowners, builders, contractors, inspectors and tradespeople. Building and maintaining safer, healthier homes is not just one person’s responsibility; it’s everyone’s responsibility.
Homeowners need to be involved when it comes to the health and safety of their home. Getting involved can mean arranging a home inspection that checks for things like radon, mould, asbestos, vermiculite, and anything else that might affect your indoor air quality.
For more information about mould, asbestos, or a Hazmat Survey click the links below!