What’s In Your Walls?
An Inside Look
If you’re like millions of Americans, you’ve likely tuned into your fair share of home and gardening shows on television, the most popular of which seem to involve renovation projects of some kind, whether it’s a DIY-er slinging a sledgehammer through walls as they take a fixer-upper down to the studs or a professional home remodeling contractor working on a custom home addition. Viewers are intrigued by the process of breathing new life and beauty into a home that seems dull or dated; and, as everyone knows from watching everything unfold, there can sometimes be hidden complications that arise when you start opening up a wall.
Are You Being Supported?
There’s reason for that, as walls aren’t always put in place to simply separate spaces. Some walls are actually structural, which means that they provide physical support for the roof or the floor above. Remove the wall, and the structural integrity of the home is compromised—the roof can cave in or a room can come crashing down into the one below. Taking the wall out isn’t necessarily an impossibility, but if you’re hoping to change the layout of your rooms or feel that open concept is essential to the flow of your design, a supportive beam will have to be put in place before everything is safe.
Walls of Worry
Depending on the age of the home, there are also other complications that have the potential of derailing your timeline and your budget. Faulty electrical wiring, dead animals, mold, insect infestations, and asbestos could all be hiding in your walls, and none of those can be taken lightly.
Looking at asbestos?
It’s extremely dangerous once it’s been exposed to open air, and removing it could require you to hire an abatement team. Dead animals can, of course, be simply disposed of with a pair of gloves and some heavy duty garbage bags; but insects may still be actively living in and feeding on your home, which means it may prove prudent to have a pest control company come in for an inspection. Naturally, any wiring should only be addressed by professionals; the wires could be live and cause electrocution if they’re not handled properly, and unless you really know what you’re looking at, you won’t know whether all those wires are even up to code. Plumbing lines could douse your dreams as well; walls with piping in them will have to be addressed so that, if re-routing is required, it’s all done safely and up to building code. Improperly installing them could lead to leaks that cause water damage and mold, so never assume that it’s a simple task to fix until you’ve consulted with a licensed professional or discussed a plan with a bath remodeling contractor or kitchen remodeling contractor, both of which will be well-versed in rerouting wires and pipes safely.
Don’t wall yourself-off from having the home of your dreams! Give the team at Omega Construction & Design, Inc., a call today!