Precise definitions of sustainable construction vary. In the U.S. , the EPA defines sustainable construction as “the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.” Key concepts of sustainable construction include the protection of the natural environment, choice of non-toxic materials, reduction and reuse of resources and waste minimization.
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7 Remodeling Issues With Your Bathroom You May Not Notice!
1. Structural deficiencies in the floor framing:
It is very common when doing a bath remodel to find floor joists that have been notched by plumbers in a manner that leaves the joist too weak to perform properly (it is my personally belief that plumbers share certain genetic material with beavers). This is particularly problematic when installing a new tile floor which will crack if the floor is not stiff enough!
2. Old corroded plumbing:
Doing a bathroom renovation is a great time to deal with old corroded cast iron or galvanized drain lines and galvanized water supply lines. Even copper water supply lines can be hidden problems if there are corroding joints.
3. Tile tub surrounds and Tile showers that aren’t waterproof:
Modern plumbing codes require that showers have waterproof walls be waterproof, however, even many modern installations are not properly waterproofed (I’ve never had an inspector even ask about this) and certainly older installations were not typically built with any type of waterproof membrane. Since tile and grout are not waterproof in and of themselves this leads at best to problems with water vapor moving around inside your walls and at worst to outright leaks and deterioration.
4. Mold loves old bathrooms and cheap contractors:
I have never done done a full gut bathroom remodel and found mold free wall cavities. Lack of waterproofing behind tile, insufficient ventilation and other design and installation issues combined with lots of moisture on a daily basis make bathrooms a mold prone problem spot.
5. You’re lucky enough to have a vent fan but it’s not doing squat:
It never ceases to amaze me how many times a vent fan is installed without a duct, installed with a duct that dumps moist air into the attic or the basement, or installed with a duct to the exterior but the ducting is leaking like a sieve.
6. Someone made a board game out of your load bearing wall framing:
In a previous remodel an evil genius or a complete moron cut, hacked and generally butchered the wall studs in a load bearing wall and by some miracle your house is still standing. This is something that is much less fun to find out after the ceiling or roof caves in.
7. Your plumbing may not be vented properly:
Modern plumbing codes have changed the ways plumbers run vent lines for your sink, tub, shower or toilet. Insufficient venting can cause drains to gurgle or traps to be sucked dry, and can contribute to drains stopping up.
If your are doing a major upgrade to your bathroom consider doing a “full gut”. Removing all the plaster from the walls and ceilings, and removing the sub-floor allow years of accumulating problems to be dealt with in one fell swoop. When done by a S&S Construction Restoration Inc. with expertise in bathroom remodeling you end up with a zero problems bathroom that will function flawlessly and add tremendous value to your home for many years to come.
Everyone here at S&S Construction & Restoration pride ourselves on not only our workmanship but safety as well…
Here are a few tips that will help keep your family safe-and your project running smoothly.
Keeping children safe
Home-remodeling construction areas can be very attractive to young children. Kids will often hang around work areas and ask the crew hundreds of questions. To keep the area safe, crews should restrict access to the areas they are working in by asking them not to pass the yellow tape. The homeowners and parents need to also take an active part in keeping children safe.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), recommends designating an area away from the work site for play and toy storage. Be sure to explain to your children which areas are off limits and that they should never play around with materials or with the contractors’ tools and machinery.
Communicating with your contractor is also very important. Before work begins, inform the contractor of the number of children in the house, their ages, and whether any are particularly mischief-prone.
Be sure to find out when large equipment and orders of building materials are being delivered. You might consider taking a family outing on those days if possible.
I’m sure this has never happened…but NARI suggests that parents do not leave children alone under a contractors’ care while going out to run errands. Your contractor is not your babysitter.
Control hazardous materials
Before your project starts, be aware of potentially toxic materials on the job site. Lead paint, asbestos, mold, and even dust could be health hazards during a remodel, especially if the project includes demolition. Keep children and pets out of areas where those hazards exist and away from toxic chemicals, such as paint strippers.
Make sure to ask your contractor what steps will be taken-to avoid creating indoor pollutants and how they will contain those that can’t be avoided.
Additional safety guidelines
- Assign separate doors – If possible, designate one entrance through which work crews carry tools and materials and another for you and your family to use exclusively during the project.
- Protect your pets – A dog or cat underfoot is a hazard to both you and your pet. Keep pets away from work areas, preferably in a closed room away from the supply-door entrance.
- Safely store tools and materials – Be sure your contractor keeps dangerous items, such as tools, ladders, and hazardous materials, out of children’s reach at all times, especially at the end of the workday.
- Securing the work area – Ensure that you or your contractor secure any holes or pits in the wall, floor, or yard at the end of the day.
- Hang plastic sheeting or tarps around the work area – This simple step helps prevent pollutants, dust, and debris from travelling throughout the house.
- Look for lead paint – The older your home, the greater the chance it has lead-based paint, a threat even if you’ve laid lead-free coats over it. If the paint is scraped, sanded, lead can become airborne and make it in to your body or contaminate the soil around your home. Children are especially vulnerable to dust that can get on toys and hands and, eventually, in the mouth. The first step is having the area tested for lead-based paint. The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend home-use testing kits. Instead, it suggests hiring a trained inspector to test surfaces on-site. If lead-based paint is present, the agency recommends hiring a professional to prep the surface. The EPA’s brochure “Reducing Lead Hazards when Remodeling Your Home” offers suggestions on finding an inspector as well as information on what to look for in a remediation contractor.
- Mist surfaces – A fine coat of water sprayed on surfaces before sanding or scraping keeps dust from becoming airborne.
- Work outside – When at all possible, paint, stain, and finish building materials outside and bring them in after they are dry.
- Control carpet VOCs – Unroll and air carpets before installation, and use low-emitting adhesives if needed.
- Ventilate – Air out the work area and the rest of your home during and after a remodel. Position window fans so that they blow out instead of in. If your home has central air conditioning or heat, DO NOT run the systems when works are sanding or scraping. Also change the filters as often as once a week to keep dust from spreading throughout the house. The NARI also suggests that short getaways be planned while the home is airing out. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers guidelines on indoor-air-quality concerns during remodeling.
- Be aware of rodent droppings – Droppings are sometimes exposed during demolition and can spread viruses. Be sure to eliminate all of the droppings, taking proper precautions when doing so.
Deciding to remodel your house can be both exciting and a little frightening. You have a vision of how beautiful it will look when you are finished, but remodeling can be dangerous. All projects, big and small, have their hazards. As long as you take the proper precautions and educate yourself on the task at hand, the remodel should go pretty smoothly.
When a fire devastates your home, avoid further structural damage by taking immediate action to prevent hidden water damage.
Post-fire water damage can go unnoticed for years, hidden below the surface of walls and floorboards. If left unrepaired, structural damage can become irreversible and the health of you and your family could be compromised. Learning how to recognize the signs of hidden water damage can help you protect your home and your loved ones.
After the Fire
After a fire, you need to file a claim with your insurance as soon as possible so they can compensate you for repairs. The first thing your insurance provider will do, once your fire damage coverage has been determined, is encourage you to hire a professional fire damage restoration company to clean and restore your home.
Before restoration can begin, the structure of your home will be assessed to ensure that it is safe to enter. The restoration team can then remove all items that were destroyed in the fire and begin the cleaning process. While the cleanup may vary depending on the level of damage, the average fire restoration process often involves:
- Removing lingering smoke to prevent further staining and damage
- Deep cleaning soot or debris out from the walls, floors, and panels
- Ventilating and checking the air quality to ensure safety
- Assessing the ceiling or piping for any free-floating asbestos
- Removing, repairing, or replacing any damaged components
The Hidden Dangers of Water Damage
Unfortunately, cleaning up after a fire is not the only step in the restoration process. The water it takes to put out a large fire can often cause water damage to your home. Bacteria and mold can start growing immediately in floorboards, walls, and ceilings if the water is not immediately extracted.
However, signs of water damage are often neglected, as they are not always easily seen. Even if there are no visible signs after a fire, it is important to get a professional water damage assessment to reduce the risk of any future problems.
Water damage is not only potentially fatal to the structure of your home, it can also significantly damage your health. If water is left in your home for too long, mold, mildew and bacteria can grow. Most molds will eventually discolor walls and weaken the foundation of a home.
Although some types of mold do not pose any significant health risks, black mold can be extremely dangerous. The spores from black mold produce toxic odors and lead to serious health issues in humans and animals, such as nausea, breathing problems, and even cardiac arrest.
Seek Professional Water Damage Restoration
Cleaning and repairing extensive water damage requires a professional restoration company’s experience, training, and equipment. A company that consistently deals with fire and water damage restoration in Arkansas will inspect the entirety of your house for water damage, from the floorboards and walls to the basement and attic.
If you notice any indicators of water damage, call S&S Construction & Restoration today at 760-559-2667 for a free consultation. Our team of experts provide water and fire damage restoration services in the high desert that protect you and your family from hidden dangers.
- Less is More: Think sustainability. Use timeless materials and not trends
- Feminine Tones: Think blushes, rose tones or pink tones
- Floiral Fabrics/Wallpapers: These have stood the test of time. They’re not your grandmother’s floral wallpaper.
- Bold Black Bathrooms: Think spa-inspired, indulgent, high-end
- Clutter: You don’t want too many things going on. Overdoing it causes chaos.
- Gender specific rooms: Gone are the days of blue for boys and pink for girls. Think yellows, greens, or try Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 Living Coral
- Statement Upholstery: single piece upholstery, especially jewel tones, is OU.T.
- Minamilist Art: People are getting bored of sterile and minimalist spaces. Inject some personality and make it interesting.
Contact S&S Construction to explore design options, 760.559.2667