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DIY can be hazardous to your health

April 17, 2012

DIY can be hazardous to your health

There’s nothing quite like the pain of bashing your thumb with a hammer—not that anyone intentionally goes about attacking one’s thumb. But if you’re not used to wielding a hammer, get used to the fact that you’re going to end up with a very sore thumb by the time you finish your next renovation project that involves one.

As the title of this article suggests, DIY can be hazardous to your health. But a bruised thumb should be the least of your concerns...especially if you live in an older house.
In older homes there can be quite significant health risks connected to home renovations...especially in the preparation phase when old materials are being ripped out.

Old wiring can leave you with a higher risk of electric shock, damp areas may contain mold spores—but top of the list for danger is asbestos.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that’s incredibly durable and a natural insulator.

Up until the early 80s, asbestos was used in a wide variety of home construction applications—in cladding for pipes and boilers, exterior siding, roof shingles, some forms of wall insulation, wallboard and the list goes on. While in its prepared state, asbestos poses little or no risk. But when it’s degraded to a fibrous state (when interior walls are knocked down or insulation removed) the fibres can be breathed in and then will pose significant health risks.

By choosing a Montreal general contractor such as Dilamco for your home renovations, you can save a bruised thumb and a number of much more serious potential health risks, too. Before starting your home-renovation project, Dilamco will assess what precautions and special provisions should be made for the safe removal of hazardous substances such as asbestos.

For more information about home asbestos removal, contact Dilamco today.

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