There are many reasons why home restoration comes to mind. From the word ‘restoration,’ most people think this; it’s mainly all about returning old/historic buildings to their original condition.
While this is a definition of home restoration, there’s undoubtedly more. This restoration does not only involve old buildings. Owners of modern homes also put up their homes for renovation.
To restore a piece of property can be described as returning it to its original state or condition at a particular time. Restoration can come about because of several reasons.
One of such reasons is when an old home is altered, either by weather or its previous owners. After occupying a home for a while, it will usually require some form of restoration.
This causes the home to lose its appeal and beauty, which can, in turn, make the home depreciate and deteriorate at the end of the day. In cases like this, restoration work is vital to transform the house back to its original styles, colors, and finishes.
The word ‘restoration’ encompasses other terms that are related to home improvements, including renovation. Renovation can also refer to replacing old materials and features of a home with new ones to restore the beauty of the home. The jury is still out on the differences between restoration and renovation.
Another reason why people consider home restoration is when they want to give their home a new looks, something different from what they’re used to. This goes in line with the Latin origin of the word ‘renovate’ which means ‘to make new again.’
Home restoration projects usually involve many things. Depending on the home in question, it usually takes quite a while to complete the process. And during this process, several issues arise.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the issues common to home restoration.
- Water Damages
In the process of restoring a home, the plumbing system of the building is at a big risk. Water damages can occur when new owners of a specific building, who do not have an idea of the building’s plan, start renovating the building.
While working on the renovation of a building, the pipes which supply the building water can get severely damaged. And when this occurs, it can lead to internal flooding, amongst several other things. Another possible scenario is the sewage water getting mixed up with the home’s water supply source.
Since these pipes are hidden behind walls and well underneath the ground, these damages can go unnoticed. What’s more? They usually cost homeowners much more when they discover it.
To avoid these issues, your home renovation should involve a plumber who will be on hand to give you advice and help with the plumbing system.
- Fire Damages
Home restoration projects are common to older homes all over the world. However, a building undergoing the restoration process is more than likely to suffer damage or destruction at any given time. And there are so many reasons why this is possible.
During the restoration, most conditions become unstable. This, combined with structures that are now incomplete, dangerous pieces of machinery at work, among other factors, makes a restoration site prone to many dangers, including injury, theft, or even fire damages.
Once you start the restoration process, hazards increase. While contractors are usually careful with home restoration, there’s still the likelihood of parts of the site exploding or going up in flames. It is the reason why most insurance companies offer limited coverage during the restoration process.
It is advisable to have professionals on-site to help contain and handle fire issues when they occur.
- Electrical Damage
Home restoration involves a lot of ‘upgrades.’ From upgrading the edifice itself to improving the components of the house, that’s what restoration involves. All homes can be considered for restoration projects.
One of the factors that play an essential role during restoration is electricity. If handled well, there won’t be any issues. However, the complications involved can cause electrical damage before, during, or after the restoration process.
When tearing down a building for restoration, some wires or electrical connections can get damaged or destroyed. And over time, this can quickly escalate into more serious issues like fire damage.
More workers tend to be on site this time around, and they can suffer severe injuries as a result of electrical mistakes. Also, wrong connections and improper wiring can cause severe electrical damages after completing the process. This can destroy all the work that has been done and lead to a waste of time.
- Pest and Rodent Damage
If you’ve just purchased a new building, you may want to consider looking into the history of the building as regard pests and rodent damages.
Some buildings, after being left for a while, will become home to rodents and the infestation of certain pests. Not conducting a thorough search of the building or site can lead to workers getting either bitten or infected by certain pests or rodents.
Considering termites as an example, the woodwork of a certain building may have been weakened by the insects. Rushing to complete the restoration process without conducting due research can lead to accidents, injuries, and unforeseen damages.
As much as you want to get the home restoration process done with, it would help if you considered hiring the services of a pest exterminator. They will help with limiting the damages that can be caused by pests and rodents.
Home restoration involves a lot of things and processes. It’s usually long and arduous if you consider all the things that you need to do. And it can be considerably overwhelming if you have to handle everything all by yourself.
Pest, water, age decay, and structural damage can be costly and dangerous. But you don’t have to suffer these common home restoration issues. They’re very avoidable. All you need to do is to employ the services of a general contractor to help you with your next home renovation process.
Contact Pro-RANA for a free inspection and to resolve the issue before it gets worse.