1. Cut materials outside
Depending on your home and where it is, cutting outside may be impossible or quite tedious. However, by cutting building materials outside, such as timber, the sawdust produced won’t have a chance to circulate through your home. It may be a hassle to walk in and out of your house to cut materials, but by doing so, you can protect the air quality in your home (and make far less mess).
2. Control airflow
Some stages of home repair can be extremely dirty and also unavoidable. The best you can do is to reduce the spread of dust by controlling the airflow in your home. If your work area is particularly dusty, it’s best to draw air from the house into your work area, and not the other way around. You can place a fan pointing to an open window, for example - that should draw air from the rest of the house and into your work area.
3. Use toxin-free products like SafeMend
There are several building products and chemicals that can be harmful to humans and the environment. SafeMend is a mending agent that is non-toxic and 100% safe. SafeMend repairs cracks, peels, bubbling, chalking and powdering. SafeMend is compatible with a wide range of materials, such as plaster, wood, brick, concrete and ceramic tile. If you need a mending agent that is safe, easy and effective, then SafeMend will not disappoint.
4. Proper storage
If there is no toxic-free alternative to repairs you are doing, then be sure to store the products safely. Ensure the lids of containers are secure and place them in an area that won’t contaminate the airflow in your home. Glues and paints can contain harmful chemicals such as benzene. Breathing in these chemicals can potentially cause serious poisoning.
5. Cover air vents
If the air vents in your home are not operational during repairs, you should consider covering them. Dust from months of working can build up in your vents if they are left exposed. Turning your ventilation system on after repairs are complete, can cause the build-up of dust to then circulate through your home.
When using glues and paints indoors, always ensure there is good airflow through your home. Fumes from certain products can cause harm to humans and animals if inhaled frequently. Opening all the windows in your work area can increase the airflow, and help to disperse harmful fumes.