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Home Improvement and Dangerous DIY Projects Infographic

How To Prevent Dangerous DIY Projects – Asbestos Danger & Remediation

No matter where you live, there is always some kind of danger lurking around. No matter how careful one can be, accidents do happen and they can be very serious to deadly. Many people think that being their own contractor or mechanic will save them money and they may learn something new. But not having the experience necessary can lead to dangerous DIY projects.

While people may think the only dangerous DIY projects may include things that cut or hit, many times it can be other dangers that can become the issue. For instance, people think that dangerous DOY projects could include cutting boards or trim for a house. But removing old materials to hammering the wrong spot on a wall, can be even more dangerous.

It is important to reach out to to the proper professionals if you are unsure or for building code requirements in some cases. For instance, if electrical work needs to be performed or plumbing, wall removal too can be a dangerous DIY project. Here are situations where contacting a licensed professional will be important. Not only will the work be done properly, but you and your family will be safe now and later. Electrical problems can be a risk for shock or worse, a fire. Plumbing can lead to electrical issues and damage, which ultimately can lead to mold and air quality dangers.

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Many newer homes and older ones have been remodeled. But many have not.  This is where a dangerous DIY project can be a real threat to anyone, especially little children. With an older home comes old materials. Always check for lead in the pipes or asbestos materials in the home. If removal is required have a professional fix it before creating a dangerous DIY project.

Big home improvement jobs should be left to professionals. But little projects can have hidden dangers in household DIY projects. The best way to be safe is to make sure you take your time. Look into online DIY videos and materials for advice. You would be surprised at how a little trick or proper technique will do wonders.

Most people are on the fence about if they want to take on a DIY home project. It can be easier to hire someone sometimes. But not every DIY project is big enough and scary. So some tips to consider is wearing face masks and having ventilation.  Do not breath in dusts from projects such as wallpaper removal to sanding old furniture for restoration and up-cycling. Take further action and dampen wood prior to cutting to cut back on dust.

If you are in the market or have an older home that you want to restore or occupy, make sure its safe. Many old structures having different materials with asbestos. Only a very small fraction have their homes tested for asbestos. Asbestos is a very fine mineral that is crystal-like. So inhaling this stuff is bad because its fine like dust. It will not break down because of it being crystal-like in structure.

According to Asbestos.com, asbestos was used by Romans to weave napkins and tablecloths. They would then throw them into the fire for cleaning. They found it amazing how whiter they became after being burned. So the other big benefit to asbestos is its fireproof nature. Hence the reason it was used greatly in building materials, fire resistance!

The world has come to realize the danger of Asbestos. Many nations have banned its use. But it lurks around and can make that project into a dangerous DIY project. Do not take the chance and find out if your home has asbestos.

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Mesothelioma is a danger that comes from asbestos inhalation. Many workers who worked around air particulates like asbestos now suffer from the cancer. The symptoms take decades up to 50 years to present itself and was mostly with industrial workers, its become more common in homes.

If your home was built between the 1930s and 1980s, there is quite the risk asbestos may be in the walls, room or loft area, shed, or the cherished garage. Know what your house is made up if its older. Do not take the risk of inhaling asbestos over the decades in small amounts. Be informed.

If you have been exposed to asbestos, take action. Get the materials identified and removed by professionals. In some cases contact an attorney to figure out remediation may be in store. SlaterGordon.co.uk can help with questions and help with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma from asbestos related issues.

This is a partnered post to share the dangers of Asbestos and DIY home improvement projects.

 

5 Comments

  1. Kristin on July 7, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    With so many people buying homes these days, its important to know what to look out for.



  2. shelly peterson on July 5, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing this very important information.



    • Kristin on July 7, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you.



  3. Terry Stevens on July 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing tis very useful information as asbestos can certainly present a lot of problems in the home.



    • Kristin on July 7, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Better to be informed than sorry. Thanks for commenting.