Transforming your old, worn out home into a modern day oasis is a super exciting task. However as much as we want it to be a smooth task from start to finish, we often encounter some unexpected bumps along the way. Things like asbestos, mould, dodgy plumbing and electrical issues, can all add extra, unwanted stress to your project. We’ve formed a list on what to look out for and what to do if you encounter these issues when renovating.
Asbestos is our area of expertise. Homes built or renovated in Australia prior to the 1990s are very likely to contain asbestos. When renovating, it is recommended to enlist the help of an asbestos professional, who legally remove and dispose of large quantities of asbestos. Legally, you can remove up to 10m2 yourself, so there are a number of things you must be aware of. Asbestos poses a big risk to your health, so correct safety precautions are imperative.
- Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like overalls, eye goggles, and a face mask.
- Work in a well ventilated area
- Wet the asbestos material before beginning with a regular hose. This helps to stop the asbestos fibres from floating around. Do not use a high pressure hose.
- Be careful – don’t throw or drop asbestos, try not to break it where possible.
- When you are finished, shower thoroughly and wash your hair.
Water damage in the home can cause a whole range of problems including mould and rot. Mould poses health risks to those who are exposed to it, therefore it is important to take measures to remove it. Hiring a professional is the best bet when renovating, because they have the tools and skills to remove it. Once mould is removed, measures must be taken to ensure it doesn’t return. This includes; increasing ventilation, reducing humidity, and increasing sunshine exposure.
Wood rot is also common as a result of water damage. If this is the case in your home, the structural integrity could be compromised. You may need to replace the beams in your home to ensure your safety is not compromised.
Dodgy Wiring and Plumbing
Wiring and Plumbing in old houses may outdated and unable to handle the electricity required to power modern day appliances. It is important when renovating, to have this checked by a professional because overloading this can cause fires. Similarly, old pipes may need replacing if they are leaking and corroding.
Remember, seeking professional help is always encouraged, because they are equipped, experienced and licensed to deal with each specific issue. Save yourself the hassle, and get someone who knows the ropes to do it for you!