Every home is filled with potential hazards. Many of these hazards become particularly dangerous during remodeling or home renovation. Remodeling is a good time to look for other hazards in the home and correct them with minimal extra cost.
 
When remodeling or renovating an older home there are a number of things to look for and repair. Many of these potential hazards are typically found in older homes. If your home was built before 1985, you should check carefully for some of these materials before you begin demolition. Specifically, you should inspect carefully for:
·         Asbestos
·         Mold and mildew
·         Lead Pipes and lead-based paint.
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Whether you are buying, renovating or remodeling, materials that contain asbestos should be removed from the property in a way that is consistent with Health Department and Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. Improper handling of and exposure to asbestos can cause a number of serious health problems. In many states, it must be removed by professionals.   Asbestos was not banned until 1985. It was widely used in insulation, flooring, siding and roofing because of its heat-resistant and fire-resistant properties. 
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Homeowners should remember that there are many types of mold, mildew, and other fungi. Some are RemodelOrMove.com: Contractor Selection Workbookmore harmful than others. If you discover mold in your home and you do not know which types are harmful, you would be well advised to have a professional inspect and make a recommendation.
 
Lead, which can be extremely dangerous to children, can be found in pipes and some paints. Lead sometimes contaminates dust, soil or ground water, too.   If your home was built before 1978, you may be required to show a certificate that it is lead-safe before it is sold. Lead pipes can be replaced with PVC.   If you discover sources of lead in the home, it might be worth having the property checked for soil and water contamination. 
 
Another major hazard is radon gas seeping into the house. Radon is the second most common cause of lung cancer. A simple radon test can be used to check your property. 
 
Another hazard usually associated with older homes is faulty or inadequate wiring. This, of course, can also be a problem in newer homes. Always check for overloaded circuits, open distribution boxes, damaged or defective outlets or switches and loose wires. 
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Tighten all guard rails, check for secure installation of all railings and banisters, and look for any loose boards. Finally, check all shower doors for safety glass.
 
Hazardous materials should be carefully removed from all property. Any hazardous materials used in the course of the remodeling project (solvents, pesticides, adhesives) should be removed and disposed of correctly. Although there are a number of potential hazards in the home these materials represent the greatest danger.
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