With all the planning and work that goes into a major home improvement project, it is easy to overlook the importance of maintaining IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) while remodeling. With a little forethought, though, you can avoid the harmful effects of remodeling-related, air contamination.
Plan Ahead to Minimize Contamination
Effectively maintaining IAQ while remodeling, means starting early. Particularly in older homes, renovation activities such as pulling up carpets and ripping out drywall, can release mold spores, dust from lead paint, asbestos, and even built-up radon gas. Before you start work, have a professional inspect your home for these contaminants.
When you shop for carpeting, furniture, paint, varnish and other remodeling supplies, look for those with low volatile organic compounds (labeled “low-VOC”). These give off less harmful volatile organic compounds, or chemical fumes, than average.
Protect Yourself and Your Home
When you enter enclosed spaces, such as the attic or crawl space, wear a dust mask and protective clothing.
Keep your work area well ventilated. Open the windows and set up fans to blow the contaminated air out faster. Seal off the room to help contain dust and debris to one room.
Stuff rags or towels into the air ducts behind any registers in the room and seal the registers by taping plastic sheeting over them. This keeps contaminants out of your air ducts so they don’t spread to other rooms. Even with this precaution, it is a good idea to have your ducts inspected after remodeling to make sure they weren’t contaminated or damaged during your work.
Whether or not you are remodeling, if IAQ is ever a concern, you can considering investing in products that will protect you and your family. To learn more about maintaining IAQ with Kelley Brothers’ indoor air quality solutions, or give us a call at 734-462-6266.