3 Crucial Things to Know Before You Knock Down a Wall
Everyone wants to upgrade their homes after every few years to keep it looking fresh and new. Otherwise, the home will start looking as if it were from the Stone Age if it isn’t renovated too frequently. It can be small upgrades like giving a room a makeover, or something on a larger scale like knocking down a wall to create more space and allow your house to look more spacious and open from the inside.
Smaller upgrades can certainly be DIY-ed to an extent and sometimes they may require professionals, but it’s the bigger upgrades that always need a professional to do the job given the risks involved.
For example, knocking down a wall should always be done with extreme care, and if it’s a load bearing wall you should always call in wall removal experts to do it for you. Here’s a comprehensive list of some of the most crucial things to know before a wall is knocked down.
1. Load Bearing vs. Non-Load Bearing Wall
A load bearing wall is responsible for holding the whole structure of the house and keeping it intact. Any mishap while knocking down this type of wall can be detrimental for the whole house. Building collapses are extremely dangerous and can be fatal, so it’s better to let the professionals handle the job.
Non-load bearing walls are somewhat less complicated to remove, but don’t underestimate them. There’ll be a lot of equipment and skills needed, so only doing it yourself if you have prior experience is recommended.
2. Electrical and Plumbing Systems
Walls may have electrical wiring and power outlets installed. It’s vital to not come in the way of the system and handle it responsibly. Otherwise, there’s a high risk of electrocution. Sometimes, even the professionals are exposed to these dangers, so it’s crucial that one approaches this with extreme care and vigilance.
On the other hand, plumbing pipes also need to be left untouched. Otherwise, any type of crack or problem with the pipes can lead to a pipe burst and flood your home. Stagnant water and dampness can be a breeding ground for mold and other water borne diseases.
3. Importance of PPE
Knocking down a wall is a dangerous process, and wearing PPE is an important aspect of it. Since there’s high exposure to dust and other small debris, people in the house run the risk of developing lung problems from inhaling silica particles.
At Dallas Wall Pros, we provide the best wall removal services in Dallas. Our team takes care of everything before knocking down walls. Our structural engineers skillfully oversee the work. Whether it’s a load bearing wall or not, we have it covered!
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