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Green Build Design LA

Hi Zequek,

When we remodel a clients home and they choose to stay in the home during the project we have these plastic walls that look like tarps. They have a zipper down the middle if you need to go through the barrier. We seal off the areas we are working in. Also, our teams spend 15-20 minutes at the end of the day sweeping, vacuuming, and cleaning up everyday. A clean jobsite is a huge deal to us.

We also try to only use one entrance for the craftsman to walk in and out of the home. We have a temporary toilet as well so there is less traffic in the home.

   
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CK Independent Living Builders

Amanda,

Depending on the age (pre-1978) of your home, you may want to have lead paint tests done on any walls/trim/window sills/doors, that will be cut/removed/scraped etc...as the initial layer may contain lead-based paint. Even shellac/varnish etc...is considered to possibly contain lead.

Also take into consideration, asbestos in older insulation in walls and around pipes, arsenic in older Canec materials etc...

Ensure that you hire a qualified/certified company (ask for current documentation, including insurance) to remove these hazardous materials. Ask for the test results from their final (air or swab) clearance inspection. It is better to be safe than dealing with possible future health issues, by using an unqualified person/company because of costs. Especially, if you have young children or older family members living or visiting your home.

Check with www.epa.gov for more information.

Good luck with your remodel.

   
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Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.

White Mechanical is spot on regarding sealing ducts. This is required in the State of California although by the time a building inspector looks for it (which isn't guaranteed), construction dust might have made its way into the duct system. Homeowners should keep an eye out for this very simple and effective way to improve their home's indoor air quality.

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