Home Remodeling and Pregnancy: What to Know on Keeping Safe
Pregnancy involves a lot of preparation.
As you get ready for a lifetime with your little one, many expectant mothers experience a pre-labor ritual known as nesting, an instinct that helps to prepare the home.
Whether you are planning a full remodel or simply painting a room, it is important to know the potential risks. Home renovations often involve fumes from paint, as well as construction dust, which is a health hazard to some. Don’t get caught off guard.
If you’re remodeling a home that was built before the mid 1970s, there is a strong possibility that it contains lead based paint. Before starting any work, you may want to have the paint tested so you can protect yourself and your family.
Trust a qualified professional to complete the work for you and instead make sure you are in a safe, well-ventilated area.
Excellent dust protection is a must. You will want to protect your possessions from drywall dust and safeguard yourself against potential allergies.
At Quality Craftsmen, we always designate one doorway as the entry and exit to the work area before the project starts, and the other doors are sealed to limit where dust can travel.
Covering furniture, air vents, and erecting dust walls and barriers along with attention to floor protection are also very important. For work that must be done inside, we use the BuildClean Dust Control System to eliminate 90% of airborne dust.
If you plan to paint, talk to your doctor about the painting project before going forward. When painting, always make sure your home is well-ventilated, keeping windows open and fans blowing air outside. Most paint contains chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be dangerous for you and the health of your baby.
Consult your contractor about the possibility of using low to no VOC paint, product, and finishes.
Unless your floors are in a dangerous condition, new flooring is one area of the remodeling process that might be best tackled well in advance of pregnancy or, better still, left till after baby’s first year of life. If you must have new floors or carpet installed, keep in mind that leaving the house for a few days will be the safest option for you and your baby.
The removal process of old carpeting can stir up animal dander and other irritating and potentially dangerous particles.
The chemicals from cleaning or laying new carpet can linger for months. If you’re considering adding new carpet, discuss with your contractor about non-toxic glue and how they will air it out. If you have the option, it may be best to consider hardwood or ceramic tile floors. If you do end up adding hardwood floors, ask your contractor about using water-based polyurethane finishes instead of oil-based. It generally takes a day or less for such solvents to completely evaporate from the coating, so it’s best to consider leaving the house for a couple of days while the solvent dries.
You can’t plan for everything, but a huge aspect of remodeling during pregnancy is making plans. Communicate with your contractor and be sure you set a specific timeline as well as an understanding of what happens if the project is delayed.
Another aspect of a home remodel is the stress that comes with it. Adding the stress of a remodel to pregnancy hormones will be difficult, so you’ll want to be sure you are working with a trusted contractor who understands the strain brought on by a home renovation.
At Quality Craftsmen, we don’t expect you and your family to live in a construction zone. We provide excellent project management, set and manage expectations, and minimize the amount of time you spend out of your home. We also use a dust control system that filters out 90% of the particles for an almost dust-free renovation. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can call us at (404) 483-7446, or simply fill out the contact form and a Quality Craftsmen representative will be in touch!