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Remodeling and Health, Part - 2

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Take care when plywood wall paneling, particleboard, fiberboard and insulation are being used. These can contain chemicals that could be harmful the health over a period of time. Avoid the use of glass-mesh cement backer boards as they often contain urea, phenyls and other volatile chemicals. In addition they tend to leave a lot of dust and particles floating in the air. Many of these dangerous chemicals are of the type known as volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and the material that commonly contain them include: Organic or rubber solventsPutty, sealants and caulksWallpaperVinyl floor coveringsSynthetic carpeting, padding and adhesivesPlaster and drywallManufactured wood products (particle board, plywood, composite board, etc.)Paint, resin and varnishDraperyAnd some cleaning compounds
The most common of VOCs found in materials used in home remodeling are: TolueneTrichloroethaneChlorobenzenesPolychlorinated biphenylsAldehydeBenzene and related compoundsXylene
These che…

Remodeling and Health, Part - 1

Home remodeling is a messy affair. While the work is on the home is filled with dust, dirt and all kinds of pollutants. Not only does this make life uncomfortable, it can lead to a variety of health issues for the family. The ideal solution is for the family to move out of the house while the work is in progress, but this is often impractical. When the family stays in the home while the remodeling is being done, it is essential that they take precautions to minimize the health risks. While this is especially important in the case of those suffering from respiratory problems and allergies, it makes sense to do what is possible to protect everyone from the health risks.
Here are a few of the most common of issues and their solutions.
Minimizing Dust and Fumes
The first thing to do is to hang plastic sheeting over access points to the part of the house where the work is being done. The sheeting must be left up until all the work in that area has been completed. Once the work …