Potential Indoor Hazards from DIY Repair & Remodeling Projects


PRLogJune 22, 2015MESA, Ariz. Each year, property owners take on countless home repair, renovation and remodeling projects.  While these do it yourself (DIY) projects can bring new life to a home or be essential for repairing damage that has occurred, they can also expose building occupants to potential hazards that many people may not be aware exist in their home.

Many types of repair and remodeling projects will generate a significant amount of dust.  Depending on the home and type of project, this dust can not only spread to other areas of the property, but could also be filled with a number of hazardous substances.  It is important to minimize exposure to these materials by controlling the amount of dust created, isolating the project area from the rest of the house, and wearing proper personnel protective equipment.

DIY projects can in some circumstances expose people to the following:

·         Mold is a concern in any property that has suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels.  Removing cabinets or opening walls, ceilings and floors can expose areas of mold growth that can be easily aerosolized.

·         Many older homes can have a wide range of building materials in the interior and exterior that contain asbestos.  These materials range from roofing and siding to some popcorn ceilings and various types of flooring to name just a few.

·         Homes built before the late 1970s often contain lead-based paints.  As these materials degrade or become disturbed during repair and remodeling, they can become airborne and settle as dust.

·         Mercury can be found in some old home thermostats and small amounts in fluorescent light bulbs.  If these are broken they can emit a toxic and odorless vapor.

“Even after potential hazards associated with the demolition or removal of old materials has been completed, new materials that are installed may emit chemicals such as formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be a concern,” said Tom Allen of Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters, LLC.  “Many new materials, including most cabinets, carpeting, flooring and furniture, as well as paints and stains, will off-gas VOCs into the indoor environment.”

For those faced with home repair projects due to an insured property damage claim, the experts at Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters provide their clients with not only insurance and construction expertise, but also with a comprehensive understanding of potential indoor environmental concerns.  Their services help to expedite the claims process and they handle all negotiations with the insurance company.  This means their clients receive full coverage benefits in the shortest time possible.

The services of Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters are available for residential and commercial policy holdersin Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.To learn more about how the licensed public adjusters at Hudson Douglas can settle insured property claims quickly and for the fair maximum value, please visit www.HudsonDouglasPublicAdjusters.com, email claims@HudsonDouglas.com or call (800) 898-4290.

About Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters, LLC

With more than 50 years of experience in the construction and disaster restoration industries, the founders of Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters provide policy holders with professional representation to efficiently manage and settle insured claims.  Hudson Douglas’ public adjusters are licensed to offer these services to residential and commercial customers in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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