Having your home renovated is an exciting time for any homeowner. It’s like you’re getting the best of your old home combined with all the extras and benefits of a new home. There’s something refreshing and invigorating about doing more to your house than just a fresh coat of paint. Opening up your kitchen, knocking down a wall or two, and seeing your home transformed makes all the sacrifice and costs worthwhile.
One unseen problem with home renovations could be the presence of hazardous materials within. Owners of homes constructed before 1990 could be dealing with asbestos in the walls, tiling, or duct work. Once asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by construction workers and become airborne, they can be inhaled and lead to lung damage and other serious diseases. Other substances such as lead or arsenic could also be present in the paints or caulking used.
Any company that offers home renovation services must have employees that are trained to spot these dangerous substances and know how to properly handle them. It isn’t as simple as knocking it down and throwing it in a pile. Hazardous materials removal is a government-regulated operation and must be done correctly to protect the workers and the environment around your home as well as where it’s going to be disposed of.
If you’re talking to home renovation companies, you need to ask them how they will handle hazardous materials and find out what their policies and procedures are. Check with WorkSafeBC to ensure that this company is following all government regulations.
At Clay Construction, we pride ourselves in our commitment to safety and the protection of our employees and the environment we work and live in. We follow all WorkSafeBC-mandated procedures, such as performing complete surveys on all areas that could possibly contain these types of dangerous materials. If Clay Construction is renovating your home, you know that our expertise is protecting your home and the environment around it.