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Safety Tips For Interior Demolition For Those Doing Home Renovations

by Eugene Mitchell

If you are planning a home renovation, there is a good chance that you are going to need to do some interior demolition in order to free up some space so that you are able to get exactly the sort of layout that you want for your home. Here are some safety tips for interior demolition for those doing home renovations.

1. Seal the Area

Your first step is to make sure that the entire area that is going to be demolished is sealed off from the rest of the house. If you have walls with doors that lead to other rooms, seal around the doors with blue painter's tape. This will help prevent dust from getting in. If you have open areas that don't necessarily have a door, you can seal them by attaching plastic wrap to the ceilings and the walls using the same blue painter's tape. This tape will not tear off wallpaper or paint, which makes it safe to use wherever you want.

This is a safety issue because the dust can aggravate people's allergies, possibly make the floor slippery, and generally pose a health hazard for anyone in your household that might have breathing issues.

2. Use a Respirator or Dust Mask

If you are going into a wall that has insulation that you are not necessarily familiar with, then you absolutely need to use a respirator. This will keep the dust from getting into your lungs and protect you if the insulation that you might be cutting into contains asbestos or something else that is harmful. You should always consult with a contractor if you suspect that there is asbestos in your walls due to the fact that it is a carcinogen. 

If you know exactly what type of insulation is in your walls and you know that it doesn't contain asbestos, then you can simply get a dust mask to keep you from inhaling too much dust.

3. Label Load Bearing Walls

Before you take down any walls in your home, make sure that they are not load-bearing walls. You should have a contractor come in ahead of time to identify the load bearing walls, or the walls that are currently braced against the foundation to ensure that the house remains structurally stable. Label these with sticky notes or some other marker in order to make absolutely sure that you do not accidentally undermine the structural integrity of your home.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in interior demolition.