Areas That may be a Safe Haven for Toxic Chemicals

Renovating your multifamily property is one of the most effective ways to enhance its value. Introducing cosmetic changes, adding new areas and replacing old electrical and plumbing systems with new systems can help you earn the right to demand more rent. When planning a renovation project, adopting a DIY approach can have disastrous results. To ensure your multi family renovation project is a success, you need to come up with an action plan, which is why it is advisable that you seek affordable housing renovation services offered by nationwide renovation professionals. These experts apart from designing a project plan, can also help you avoid health hazards that can result from working in unsafe conditions.

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Every unit in a multi family property has areas that are a safe haven for toxic chemicals. Don’t believe us?

Take a look at the below list of some such areas.

1. Roofing

Roofing shingles, door linings, floor tiles, pipes and flashing often contain asbestos, a mineral fiber that was widely used in homes built before 1980. Though, regulating bodies since then have come up with various policies to limit exposure to asbestos, it is still found in many properties. Exposure to asbestos can result in a rage of health issues such as mesothelioma, a weakened immune system and lung cancer. In severe cases, inhalation can also lead to death. When renovating your property, avoid handling roof shingles (that till today contain asbestos) or any other material you suspect of containing asbestos. Instead, contact a nationwide renovation professionals who will send the materials for testing before starting to work on your project.

2. Closet

What’s wrong with renovating the closet yourself, you may ask. Well, renovating a unit’s closet yourself can result in respiratory problems, especially if it houses dry-cleaned clothes, that include a chemical known as perchloroethylene (used in dry cleaning process). Even if there are no clothes in the closet, the chances of chemical build up cannot be ruled out. If hiring affordable housing renovation services is not an option, ask your renters to air out all their dry cleaned clothes at least a day before you start working on the project.

3. Living and Dining Areas

From furniture pieces to doors and windows, living and dining areas have several accessories with painted surfaces. Disturbing these surfaces can release lead, a toxic chemical element that if inhaled for prolonged periods can resulted in a number of health concerns such as headaches, hearing problems, high blood pressure and a weakened nervous and reproductive system. Do not disturb the painted surfaces by scratching them. Remember, even if the furnishing was painted recently, there are chances of an old layer sitting beneath the new one.

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4. Carpet Areas

Carpets contain volatile organic compounds, exposure to which can give rise to various health issues such as hair loss, fatigue, skin irritation and breathing problems. Estimates suggest carpets house almost 200 different types of VOCs that are used for their fire retarding and pest repelling properties. Carpets can hold eight times more than their weight, which makes matters worse.

Stay Safe When Renovating Your Property

These are some areas in your multi family property that are safe haven for toxic chemicals. To avoid exposure and contamination, it is advisable that you seek professional services. Nationwide housing renovation professional with years of experience of handling renovation projects are well aware of these hazards and come up with a detailed strategy to minimize exposure before starting to work on a project.

I am a professional writer for the multifamily renovation and repositioning industry. I specialize in multifamily investment and acquisition strategies, rent optimization and market trends and growth.



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