Tips for Reducing the Inconvenience of Partial Demolitions and Strip Outs

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Tips for Reducing the Inconvenience of Partial Demolitions and Strip Outs

Home and office renovation projects are always exciting. It is great fun to plan out a new design or layout and it is even more fun to go shopping for new furniture pieces, tiles, and paint. 

One part that is not quite as fun with renovation projects is the demolition tasks or strip-outs that are usually needed with these projects. In many renovation projects, old tiles need to be hammered out of the floors, the walls sometimes need to be chipped, work needs to be done to install new electrical wiring and old cupboards need to be removed. These demolition tasks are usually very loud and very messy.

To reduce the inconvenience associated with partial demolition projects or strip-outs inside your home or office, you can consider the following handy tips.

1. Move Out For a While

Seeing a mini-army of construction workers take over your home or office is no fun at all. But the worst part about strip-outs and demolition projects is usually the dust and noise. These projects are messy and they can cause a lot of inconveniences if the bathroom or kitchen is no longer accessible. 

Most people find it easier and a lot better to move out while the project is underway. When you move out, you can seal off all other rooms and cover furniture pieces and equipment, and plastic so these items won’t be damaged. You also avoid all of that noise and dust until the project is completed.

2. Cover Up All The Air Ducts

Dust that gets into your rooms can settle on all of your items and can ruin your upholstery. It is very important to reduce the dust in other rooms as much as possible. Most people forget to cover up the air ducts. By sealing off your air ducts with plastic and tape, you can keep a lot of dust from entering other rooms.

3. Cover Concrete Slabs before Demolishing

If you want to keep flying objects and shrapnel from traveling through the air while a concrete slab is being demolished then you should first cove it in a sheet of plastic. 

The plastic sheet will contain most of the dust and flying debris and the project will be much cleaner.

4. Seal Off Your Doors

Don’t just close the other doors in your home. Get large sheets of plastic, roll these sheets over your doors and seal them tight on all sides with tape. When the doors are sealed off, no dust will be able to get through and the other parts of your home will stay cleaner.

5. Open the Right Windows

You need to close many of the windows in rooms that are not being renovated. But you should increase ventilation in rooms where demolition work is taking place. Open the doors and windows so some of that dust can escape from the room. 

6. Cover Exposed Items

Some furniture pieces or items like cupboards or kitchen islands can’t be moved from a room where your demolition work might be taking place. If this happens, then you should get plastic sheeting (not blankets or sheets) and cover these items. Try to layer the entire furniture item and seal it tight to the floor or the furniture base using duct tape. This will keep the dust and projected waste out of your cupboards or out of your upholstery.

7. Get Pressure Washing

It is a good idea to get power washing as soon as all of the strip-outs have been performed. Pressure or power washers will flush away all the dirt and grime from walls. The water will capture dust and debris and flush these out of your home so no dust will linger to make your home look messy. Just remember to dry off your rooms properly after getting these areas power washed.

Demolition projects are very tiring but good contractors like Armstrong Demolition always do their best to keep the inconvenience of these projects as limited as possible. When you use professionals, your project will be completed swiftly and all the latest technology will be leveraged to reduce your inconvenience to a bare minimum. 

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