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Keep Your Home Renovation Safe

May 8, 2015

If your home is a bit older and in need of a home renovation, you need to be careful. Even in Perth, there are many homes where safety becomes an issue when renovating. We have completed numerous second storey additions, home extensions and home renovations in the Perth area and have had to take extra safety measures on a lot of them.

Here are some of the more common safety issues when completing home renovations in Perth.

Asbestos

Asbestos was used for many purposes in home building before 1990 because it was a versatile material that had a lot of characteristics that are desirable in home building. Unfortunately, asbestos has been shown to be dangerous, causing diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Since symptoms usually take between twenty and thirty years to surface, many people don’t even know they have put themselves at risk.

Asbestos can be found in roofing, fences, walls and vinyl flooring backing. Always have your home inspected for asbestos before starting a home renovation.

Lead

Lead is a heavy metal that can cause poisoning in surprisingly small amounts. Symptoms can include cerebral palsy, kidney damage, hearing impairment and osteoporosis. Short-term symptoms include headaches, vomiting and seizures. Most paint made before 1965 contained around 50% lead. While this would be reduced to 1%, 0.25% and finally 0.1%, it is a very real danger when renovating an older home.

Your home needs to be assessed and treated by a professional.

Faulty Wiring

Always have a qualified electrician do all electrical work. Older homes are often non-compliant with current codes. During a home renovation, they need to be brought up to code.

Call Next Level Extensions Today

The best choice is to leave everything to the professionals at Next Level Extensions. We have a combined 70 years of experience in home renovations, home extensions and second storey additions for the Perth area. We will make sure that you are compliant and up to code.

Call 1300 948 094 to learn more.

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