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Why Your Home Needs a Professional Cleaning After Construction Projects

House Cleaning
Remodels, additions, and repairs make a mess. Contractors will normally remove large debris and perform a general cleaning, but they do not go through a home and scrub all the surfaces.

The list below details why you need to have a post-construction cleaning plan — and what to include in it.

Extensive Remaining Dust

A dust rag and a vacuum will not be enough to thoroughly clear away all the debris left behind after a construction crew completes a project. The dust stirred up by the workers will settle everywhere, and that includes vertical surfaces like walls and windows. The cleaning list after a remodel can seem overwhelming to a busy homeowner.

The list of tasks includes the need to clean and polish all light fixtures, appliances, and surfaces. Window interiors and exteriors could have a layer of dust clouding the view. Drywall dust can coat walls, doors, and windows as well as window trim and sills. Air ducts also need attention to prevent the dust that fell into them from circulating through the system and redepositing inside.

Change the air filters in the HVAC system before the cleaning starts because drywall dust settles into the filters and causes clogs. If the dust is very thick, it may become necessary to change the filters again after the home is clean. A second replacement prevents any dust sucked into the filters during clean up from re-entering the home when the system is in use.

A dry or damp cloth is a great way to remove the topmost layer of dust on the surfaces that were exposed during construction. After that, more powerful dust removal methods, like a vacuum, are more effective.

Do not vacuum the dust with a household vacuum because drywall dust can clog the vacuum’s filters and make the appliance work harder. Drywall dust is finer and heavier than normal household dust. It can get into the motor and cause it to burn out. If the machine survives it may continue to vent the dust into the home when the vacuum runs even after emptying the canister. 

Potential Health Risks

Airborne drywall dust can aggravate asthma and allergies. People in the home could begin to suffer from chest discomfort and headaches. Drywall dust can also include silica, a chemical linked to lung cancer and a lung disease known as silicosis. Short-term exposure to the dust should not cause any concern, but it can be dangerous if the dust stays in the air.

Another problem could come from the disruption of dust already in the home. Attics, walls, and basements often have mold and droppings from birds and rodents. Often, the bacteria in droppings get stirred up during a remodel, which makes these bacteria airborne.

The diseases in animal droppings could include a potentially fatal respiratory disease known as histoplasmosis found in bird droppings and the deadly flu-like hantavirus spread by rodents. Similarly, mold spores can cause respiratory infections, skin rashes, and many other medical concerns. Residents of the home can become sick by breathing in the dust or if the bacteria or mold make contact with their skin.

Possible Equipment Damage

Drywall dust is not only dangerous for vacuum cleaners but can cause damage to furnaces and electronics as well. Clogged filters in HVAC systems force the system to work harder and make it less efficient. The dust can coat all interior components and could lead to mechanical issues. Drywall dust in electronic equipment can cause overheating and electrical shorts.   

At Sanitorial Janitorial Service, we can remove the mess left behind after any home construction project. Our thorough cleaning service, including air filter replacements, will protect your family as well as your computers and electronics. Contact us today for a full list of the cleaning services we offer or to schedule an appointment.