Every house will eventually get to the point where updates and renovations are necessary. By no means should this be considered a punishment for the homeowners, but rather a fun opportunity to spice up their house and make it their own? Older homes typically need a gentler touch when starting a project because they are more prone to issues, ranging from small tasks like a painting to redoing the entire plumbing system.
While it’s possible to “DIY” home renovations, there are a few pesky problems that can potentially derail anyone’s schedule.
Lead paint has been banned in the United States since 1978, but oftentimes the toxic wall covering is hidden by layers of other paints and wallpapers. If the original paint is still intact, there is a high probability that there’s lead in your home. This is a serious concern because lead is toxic, especially to women and children under the age of six.
Don’t scrape or sand off the paint without having it tested by a professional for the lead. Once the room is deemed lead-free, you can carefully scrape the paint off. Wear masks that fully cover the mouth and nose to avoid breathing in dust or debris.
New paint can easily change the energy of a room and offers a plethora of benefits for your entire house. Choosing a bold color has been said to make a room more energetic while adding pastels creates a more relaxing and calming environment. When choosing a color, pick a few different shades before committing to a coat of paint.
Asbestos may be present in any home built prior to the 1980s. Unfortunately, the mineral is difficult to identify due to its incorporation into other materials, like cement and insulation, and because of its once widespread usage, it could be hiding in walls, floors, ceilings and much more. While most parts of a DIY home project are manageable, it's important to formulate your budget to account for additional funds, like seeking the help of a professional in case of an emergency.
Asbestos should always be removed by a professional. The carcinogenic toxin is known to cause a number of serious ailments if inhaled or ingested. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers is the only known link to uncommon cancer called mesothelioma, known for its poor prognosis. If untouched and intact, asbestos-containing materials don’t pose any health risks. Although newer homes don’t have to worry about this as much, the risk of asbestos exposure is still present. The carcinogen is still legal to use in the United States, and products are allowed to contain up to one percent of the toxin.
Be sure to take the proper measures to rid your home of asbestos before breaking down walls or removing popcorn ceilings. By removing the carcinogen from your home, you’re sure to increase the property’s value as well as bring an antiquated home into the 21st century.
You may need to consider replacing your pipes if your home has a slow draining system, low water pressure, or discolored water. Between 1950 and 1960, galvanized pipes were a popular and affordable choice because their zinc coating worked to prevent rust and corrosion. While the pipes may not have rusted on the outside, a slow but constant build-up of sediment and particles inside the pipe can lead to plumbing issues. The lifespan of these pipes are about 40 years, so if your home still features original plumbing it may be time for an upgrade.
Putting your bathroom or kitchen under construction for any period of time can be tricky, especially if you have a large family and multiple people need to get ready in the morning. However, creating a healthier and happier home will, in turn, outweigh the frustrations of five people fighting to use the bathroom.
Whether it’s as simple as a fresh coat of paint or as intricate as all new pipes, remember to take the proper precautions before beginning your home renovation project. Older homes may need an extra touch of love, but sprucing up any house requires elbow grease, regardless of its age. Your neighbors will be talking about your place in no time, and you’ll want to host every event to show off your hard work.