Home renovations can be one of the most enjoyable projects you will ever do. There is something special about fixing and improving your household. However, that doesn’t mean that home renovations don’t come without any challenges. Quite the contrary, the vast majority of house renovations come with additional and hidden problems like outdated plumbing, uncovering hazardous materials, and so on.
So, if you are planning to bring back the old shine to your house, here are four most common emergencies which can occur during that process.
Most homeowners don’t bother updating their plumbing, and if you are living in a house that is built before the 1960s, the chances are that it has galvanized pipes. This isn’t a bad thing by default. Galvanized pipes can work for a long time without causing any problems. However, they are more prone to clogging up and rusting. While they might be working just fine right now, replacing them should be on your top priority.
The best way to go about it is to call an experienced plumber. Let them inspect the pipes all around your house just to make sure that none of them is galvanized.
Furthermore, while you have a plumber in your house, ask them to check your pipes for hidden leaks. Some old pipes can have almost invisible leaks, especially at the joints. So, have a professional inspect all your valves, pipes, and so on.
During house renovations, it’s not that uncommon to accidentally cut off the power. For example, you can be changing your drywall and accidentally cut some wires. Don’t worry; it happens to all of us. Besides this, your house could have some damaged or worn-out wires. While wires don’t have an exact expiration date, over the years, many different things can cause their deterioration. As you can imagine, this can be a huge problem because damaged wires can cause power outages and even start fires.
Fixing electrical problems requires proper equipment and training. Additionally, according to Australia’s wiring rules listed in Australia Standards 3000:2007, all wiring jobs must be carried out by a licensed electrician. Of course, you can do some small fixes around the house yourself, but if your house needs a complete rewiring, then you should hire a licensed and professional electrician. Not only will they do a better job, but they will also finish it much more quickly so that you can proceed with the renovation process sooner.
Fortunately, Australia has more than enough such electricians. There are thousands of specialised electrical services in each state, you are best to find one that has,
- A good reputation
- Many years of experience
- Licensed electricians
Uncovering hazardous materials
Next, we have an emergency that is common with old Australian homes. Almost every home built before the 1990s has at least small traces of harmful materials, such as asbestos and lead. While these materials can lay dormant for a long time, as soon as you start your house renovations, they can surface. For example, lead in the paint is harmless unless you inhale or swallow it, and the only way this can happen is during the renovation works. So, wear masks and other protective gear while you are tearing down and repainting your walls.
However, asbestos is a little bit more complicated. Finding and removing asbestos from your property requires specialised equipment. Companies that offer asbestos removal services will first need to locate all the areas affected by asbestos, run some tests, and then start with the removal process. Just FYI, during this process, you will probably have to vacate your property.
A ton of patch-up work
Finally, during your house renovations, be prepared to come across some poorly done patch-up work. Many old homes, in particular, will probably have a number of small fixes in various areas. For example, previous owners may have had a leaky pipe and instead of replacing it, they just had patched it up with a tape or some other material.
Another common thing you will potentially find is a layer upon layer of paint. Usually, people just put a new layer of paint without first taking down the old one. These relatively small things don’t require an immediate attention, but they shouldn’t be ignored.
So, make sure you take care of them or they may cause problems later down the line.
All in all, house renovations shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially knowing that these emergencies or risks can happen. However, with proper preparation and tips from this article, you will have no problems dealing with them.