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Removing asbestos during a remodel

We bought our house knowing it needed a fair bit of work, but we could never have guessed how complicated the job would get in the end. It turns out not only do we have asbestos in the walls, but also, at some point, the previous owners had some asbestos insulation put in the roof. There are a lot more precautions that we need to make as result but, I'll feel a lot better knowing we aren't cooking and eating our meals near asbestos. Our remodeling contractor has been great and has stepped us through the whole process. Join us on our remodeling journey!

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Removing asbestos during a remodel

Two Ways to Speed Up the Process of Renovating Your Bathroom

by Joanne Sullivan

The mess, noise and general upheaval of renovation work can be both distressing and disruptive. Bathroom renovations can be particularly problematic, as this type of building work usually means that you won't have access to bathing and toilet facilities or a water supply. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure that the process of renovating your bathroom is fast and efficient. Read on to find out more.

Find alternative water supplies and bathing facilities

The plumbing work that is performed as part of a typical bathroom renovation project usually needs to be done with the property's water supply switched off. This is, of course, very inconvenient, as it can make it almost impossible to carry out simple, everyday tasks, like making a cup of tea, doing laundry or washing dishes.

However, if you want to get your bathroom renovated as quickly as possible, it's important not to interrupt your contractor's work by asking them to temporarily switch the supply back on so that you can use your washing machine or kitchen sink. Doing this continually throughout the renovation process will prolong the project and leave your contractor feeling frustrated because they cannot do their job.

Instead, before the renovation work begins, stock up on plenty of large water bottles (for making hot drinks, boiling food and washing dishes), and use your local laundromat to wash your clothes. Additionally, ask a friend or a relative who lives nearby if you can use their toilet and shower facilities throughout the renovation.

Be safety conscious

Nothing slows down a bathroom renovation project like an injury. If your contractor gets hurt during this process, you may find yourself stuck with a half-finished bathroom for several weeks whilst arrangements are made for a replacement tradesperson to complete the work. As such, it's crucial to be safety conscious.

Firstly, be aware of the dangers of water spillages. Even if the water supply has been switched off, your contractor could still be electrocuted if they come into contact with a splash of water on the floor or in the sink or bathtub whilst handling an electrical power tool. Additionally, there is a risk that they could slip on a patch of wet, slippery flooring and sustain an injury.

As such, before the project begins, make sure that the bathroom is completely dry. Additionally, provide the contractor with a mop, as well as some towels or cloths that they can use to wipe up any spillages that occur whilst they are dismantling the plumbing pipes.

Last but not least, keep the area in which they are working as neat and tidy as possible. Pick up any scraps of old tiling, nails and packaging, and move any cables from extension leads and power tools close to the walls so that your contractor won't trip over these items and hurt themselves.