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By: Kevin Ahern on December 15th, 2015

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Top 5 Most Common Remodeling Problems With Older Homes

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Renovations can reveal problems homeowners didn't even know they had--particularly in older homes. This means that remodeling older homes can be tricky, and often some preparations are necessary before the homeowner can move forward. Below we've listed the 5 most common remodeling problems with older homes. If you're a homeowner of an older property and you're thinking about taking on a renovation, it's important to consider these potential issues.

Wiring

Decades ago, homes didn't need to have all the electrical power that they need to have now. At one time, panel boxes of 60 amps were the norm, and to this day, there are still homes that exist with only 60 amps of electrical service. These homes may be getting by with what they have, but when it comes time to install a new appliance or add on a new room, a panel box upgrade is often the first course of action.

Asbestos

There was a time when asbestos was used in buildings everywhere. It was found in the duct work, flooring, roof, walls, siding and more. Many properties are still made from materials that contain asbestos, and in many cases, the property owners don't even know the asbestos is there.

If it is found in your home, asbestos won't harm you and your family until it's disturbed. Once asbestos begins to break down, the tiny fibers become airborne and are inhaled, causing devastating health problems over time. Renovations that affect the materials made with asbestos can disturb the material, and it's at that time that remediation becomes necessary.

Plumbing

Older pipes can become brittle and covered in mineral deposits, which makes them hard to work with. When changes are made to older homes, pipes can crack and break. Even if the pipes don't break, renovations often reveal leaks that must be repaired before the renovations can begin.

Mold

Mold likes to grow in moist locations where organic material is present. When leaks go unnoticed as described above, the conditions become perfect for mold. Mold can feed on the wood and walls of the home. When this happens, remediation is necessary and often some damaged parts of the home may need to be replaced.

Lead Paint

Like asbestos, lead paint is a dangerous material that was once a commonly used in homes. If this substance is disturbed, flakes of paint can become a part of your home's dust. For the safety of you and your family, lead paint discovered during renovations must be accommodated, either by being covered or removed.

Often homeowners planning a remodel don't anticipate they'll encounter these problems. While these issues shouldn't stop a renovation from occurring, it does heighten the importance of choosing a reputable, ethical contractor who will deal with these problems in the safest and most responsible way possible. Ignoring problems like lead paint, asbestos, poor wiring, leaks and mold can lead to expensive damage and even health problems for the people in the home.

To ensure your home's remodel is properly handled, contact Litchfield Builders. With over 20 years experience, we know how to handle all the problems that come with older home renovation.
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