Remodeling your home creates a pretty significant mess when all is said and done. Even if your contractor or crew of renovators go about the work efficiently, there’s still waste, dust and dirt to take care of when the project is done. To help, here are a few tips for homeowners on minimizing waste and performing a detailed post-construction cleanup after your final walkthrough.
First, let’s talk about waste. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, home remodeling accounts for 22% of all construction and demolition generated waste. Although much of that waste is from natural materials, some of it could affect your health, such as brick and drywall dust. Handling these materials should be done with care and may require specialized cleaning equipment.
If taking care of post-construction waste removal yourself, be sure to wear personal protection equipment. A respirator or face mask is vital in order to lower the odds of hazardous dust getting inside your lungs. (more…)