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Remodel Safety Tips For Your Family | Patio Cover Construction Hesperia

How to Keep Your Family And Pets Out of Danger During a Remodel

Everyone here at S&S Construction & Restoration pride ourselves on not only our workmanship but safety as well…

Here are a few tips that will help keep your family safe-and your project running smoothly.

Keeping children safe

Home-remodeling construction areas can be very attractive to young children. Kids will often hang around work areas and ask the crew hundreds of questions. To keep the area safe, crews should restrict access to the areas they are working in by asking them not to pass the yellow tape. The homeowners and parents need to also take an active part in keeping children safe.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), recommends designating an area away from the work site for play and toy storage. Be sure to explain to your children which areas are off limits and that they should never play around with materials or with the contractors’ tools and machinery.

Communicating with your contractor is also very important. Before work begins, inform the contractor of the number of children in the house, their ages, and whether any are particularly mischief-prone.

Be sure to find out when large equipment and orders of building materials are being delivered. You might consider taking a family outing on those days if possible.

I’m sure this has never happened…but NARI suggests that parents do not leave children alone under a contractors’ care while going out to run errands. Your contractor is not your babysitter.

Control hazardous materials

Before your project starts, be aware of potentially toxic materials on the job site. Lead paint, asbestos, mold, and even dust could be health hazards during a remodel, especially if the project includes demolition. Keep children and pets out of areas where those hazards exist and away from toxic chemicals, such as paint strippers.

Make sure to ask your contractor what steps will be taken-to avoid creating indoor pollutants and how they will contain those that can’t be avoided.

Additional safety guidelines

  • Assign separate doors – If possible, designate one entrance through which work crews carry tools and materials and another for you and your family to use exclusively during the project.
  • Protect your pets – A dog or cat underfoot is a hazard to both you and your pet. Keep pets away from work areas, preferably in a closed room away from the supply-door entrance.
  • Safely store tools and materials – Be sure your contractor keeps dangerous items, such as tools, ladders, and hazardous materials, out of children’s reach at all times, especially at the end of the workday.
  • Securing the work area – Ensure that you or your contractor secure any holes or pits in the wall, floor, or yard at the end of the day.
  • Hang plastic sheeting or tarps around the work area – This simple step helps prevent pollutants, dust, and debris from travelling throughout the house.
  • Look for lead paint – The older your home, the greater the chance it has lead-based paint, a threat even if you’ve laid lead-free coats over it. If the paint is scraped, sanded, lead can become airborne and make it in to your body or contaminate the soil around your home. Children are especially vulnerable to dust that can get on toys and hands and, eventually, in the mouth. The first step is having the area tested for lead-based paint. The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend home-use testing kits. Instead, it suggests hiring a trained inspector to test surfaces on-site. If lead-based paint is present, the agency recommends hiring a professional to prep the surface. The EPA’s brochure “Reducing Lead Hazards when Remodeling Your Home” offers suggestions on finding an inspector as well as information on what to look for in a remediation contractor.
  • Mist surfaces – A fine coat of water sprayed on surfaces before sanding or scraping keeps dust from becoming airborne.
  • Work outside – When at all possible, paint, stain, and finish building materials outside and bring them in after they are dry.
  • Control carpet VOCs – Unroll and air carpets before installation, and use low-emitting adhesives if needed.
  • Ventilate – Air out the work area and the rest of your home during and after a remodel. Position window fans so that they blow out instead of in. If your home has central air conditioning or heat, DO NOT run the systems when works are sanding or scraping.  Also change the filters as often as once a week to keep dust from spreading throughout the house. The NARI also suggests that short getaways be planned while the home is airing out. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers guidelines on indoor-air-quality concerns during remodeling.
  • Be aware of rodent droppings – Droppings are sometimes exposed during demolition and can spread viruses. Be sure to eliminate all of the droppings, taking proper precautions when doing so.

Deciding to remodel your house can be both exciting and a little frightening. You have a vision of how beautiful it will look when you are finished, but remodeling can be dangerous. All projects, big and small, have their hazards. As long as you take the proper precautions and educate yourself on the task at hand, the remodel should go pretty smoothly.

Bathroom Remodel Hesperia | Patio Covers Construction Hesperia

7 Remodeling Issues With Your Bathroom You May Not Notice!

1. Structural deficiencies in the floor framing:
It is very common when doing a bath remodel to find floor joists that have been notched by plumbers in a manner that leaves the joist too weak to perform properly (it is my personally belief that plumbers share certain genetic material with beavers).  This is particularly problematic when installing a new tile floor which will crack if the floor is not stiff enough!

2. Old corroded plumbing:
Doing a bathroom renovation is a great time to deal with old corroded cast iron or galvanized drain lines and galvanized water supply lines. Even copper water supply lines can be hidden problems if there are corroding joints.

3. Tile tub surrounds and Tile showers that aren’t waterproof:
Modern plumbing codes require that showers have waterproof walls be waterproof, however, even many modern installations are not properly waterproofed (I’ve never had an inspector even ask about this) and certainly older installations were not typically built with any type of waterproof membrane.  Since tile and grout are not waterproof in and of themselves this leads at best to problems with water vapor moving around inside your walls and at worst to outright leaks and deterioration.

4. Mold loves old bathrooms and cheap contractors:
I have never done done a full gut bathroom remodel and found mold free wall cavities.  Lack of waterproofing behind tile, insufficient ventilation and other design and installation issues combined with lots of moisture on a daily basis make bathrooms a mold prone problem spot.

5. You’re lucky enough to have a vent fan but it’s not doing squat:
It never ceases to amaze me how many times a vent fan is installed without a duct, installed with a duct that dumps moist air into the attic or the basement, or installed with a duct to the exterior but the ducting is leaking like a sieve.

6. Someone made a board game out of your load bearing wall framing:
In a previous remodel an evil genius or a complete moron cut, hacked and generally butchered the wall studs in a load bearing wall and by some miracle your house is still standing. This is something that is much less fun to find out after the ceiling or roof caves in.

7. Your plumbing may not be vented properly:
Modern plumbing codes have changed the ways plumbers run vent lines for your sink, tub, shower or toilet.  Insufficient venting can cause drains to gurgle or traps to be sucked dry, and can contribute to drains stopping up.

If your are doing a major upgrade to your bathroom consider doing a “full gut”.  Removing all the plaster from the walls and ceilings, and removing the sub-floor allow years of accumulating problems to be dealt with in one fell swoop.  When done by a S&S Construction Restoration Inc. with expertise in bathroom remodeling you end up with a zero problems bathroom that will function flawlessly and add tremendous value to your home for many years to come.

Adjustable Patio Covers Hesperia | S&S Construction Hesperia

Adjustable Patio Covers Provide Protection From Sun and Rain

Many people today use their patio as an extra space extension for their home. While the patio can be a beautiful open area, some homeowners choose to add an adjustable patio cover that extends over part of the patio or the entire area. An adjustable patio cover can provide protection for plants, patio furniture, outdoor entertaining, and other relaxing family activities.

In recent years, patio covering innovations have been introduced that include an electronically controlled covering that rotates slats to open for sunlight and ventilation a well as close for weather-related protection. This type of patio cover is simple, flexible, and easy to use, especially in quickly changing weather conditions.

Adjustable patio covers are built with electronic control systems that are part of the initial installation. The adjustable patio cover is typically a louver system that can span across approximately four meters. The louvers can be installed as a roof only or a roof with vertical side screens, depending on the requirements of the patio structure. With a click of a remote control button, the louvers can be opened or closed to control wind, sunshine, and shade in the summer as well as provide overhead protection during adverse weather conditions. Interlocking louvers offer complete protection when closed, allowing the party or barbeque to continue as planned, even if a storm blows through the neighborhood.

These adjustable patio coverings are not only ideal for patios, but also for open-air style restaurants and courtyards that might need protection during the day and evening from a variety of weather conditions. Some homeowners even install these wonderful covers over outside kitchens, swimming pools, spas, and play areas for their children. Typically, louvered systems have very strong, insulated slats that have sensors that respond to water; in case of rainfall, they close automatically waterproofing the patio, patio furnishings, and everything sitting under it. During the California summer, sitting in direct sunlight can become extremely hot and uncomfortable; this type of adjustable patio cover can provide ample shade when the louvers interlock to make a solid roof. In addition, during mild winters when sunlight is preferred, tilting open the slats of an adjustable patio covering can keep the glare away, while ensuring ample warmth is filtered through the louvers.

The good news is that adjustable patio covers are completely customizable to create the perfect ambiance for your outdoor living experience. They can be built to integrate with your existing architecture, complementing your home and landscape. The all-metal materials used are much more durable than coverings made of wood or cloth, so these covers are built to last for a very long time.

If you live in the Southern California area and you’re considering an adjustable patio cover, call S&S Construction today. Our team of professionals will answer your questions, help you in the project planning stages, and then build a patio cover to meet your expectations. Call for a free estimate today at (760) 559-2667

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Home Remodel Hesperia | Patio Covers Hesperia | S&S Construction

Planning a Successful Remodel

Homes & Lifestyles, Spring 2015, Sonoma West Publishers

Story by Ray Holley

 A home remodel can be one of the largest investments you ever make, and you want it to change your life – or at least your living conditions – so it’s important that you understand the process and plan for the best outcome.

Click here to read the full article.

Ready to plan your remodel?  Call S&S Construction at (760)559-2667 to set up a consultation.

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Patio Design Inspiration Video | Patio Covers Hesperia | Patio Cover Contractor Hesperia

Watch this video and get inspiration for your new patio!  Then call S&S Construction in Victorville and put your ideas in motion… (760)559-2667

Home Remodeling Contractor Hesperia | Patio Covers Hesperia | Construction Barstow

home-remodel-kitchen-concrete-patio-construction-contractor-high-desertLooking for a remodel of your kitchen or maybe a new driveway or patio?  Then look no further, we here at S&S Construction handle all construction aspects of a beautiful remodel of your home and property.  Call us today at 760-559-2667 !

How To Get Rid Of That Smoke Smell After A Fire | Fire Restoration Construction Hesperia | Patio Covers High Desert

Smoke particles can infiltrate carpets, walls, furniture, and clothing, lingering for months. So what can you do to rid your Southern California home of smoke odors, and when is it time to contact a professional?

Smoke damage after a house fire can be challenging to remove without professional help. Odors from smoke can lead to headaches, nausea, and troubled breathing which can interfere with your health and daily life. Burning scented candles and spraying air fresheners may dilute or mask smoke odors temporarily, but they fail to address the root of the problem. Often, air deodorant manufacturers oversimplify the process of smoke damage odor removal. However, effective smoke damage restoration requires a careful, educated approach.

Step 1: Attack the Source of the Odor

After the fire has been completely put out, clear your home of severely scorched or unsalvageable materials. These not only require immense time, effort, and resources to deodorize, but also emit large amounts of smoke odors that can seep into surrounding areas. Remove as many of these source objects as possible to expedite the cleaning process. Before considering demolition, contact a smoke damage odor removal specialist who can test your home for asbestos, lead, and other hazardous chemicals and recommend safe rebuilding tactics.

Step 2: Clean and Deodorize Exposed Surfaces

After a fire, exposed surfaces house high concentrations of smoke odors and residue. Professional restorers know how to thoroughly clean counter tops, walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, and appliances. This step is crucial to prepare the home for more in-depth odor removal. Depending on the scope of the fire, restorers may need to clean your entire home from top to bottom, even if the entire house was not burned in the fire.

Step 3: Neutralize Remaining Smoke Odors

The third step involves targeting smoke particles with a specialized deodorant gas. The particles in the gas mix with and neutralize particles in the smoke. Professional restorers can determine the right mixture of deodorizing agents and how to distribute them throughout your home. By following all paths the smoke particles may have taken, the deodorizing gas effectively clears the entire structure of lingering odors.

Step 4: Seal Severely Scorched Surfaces

Although seldom necessary, severe fires may require heavily damaged surfaces to be sealed off. Extreme heat and concentrations of smoke particles can render some surfaces nearly impossible to salvage without impractical means. If deemed necessary, the sealing process is the final step in odor removal. Some surfaces can be sealed and painted over. Heavily damaged surfaces in hard-to-reach spaces such as attics and crawlspaces should be sealed and contained. Sealing improves aesthetics and speeds up the overall deodorizing process when compared to extensive chemical treatments that can take several weeks to complete.

There are no easy, “set-it-and-forget-it” ways to remove smoke odors from a burned structure. Professional restoration companies know how to implement the right processes and adjust them to adapt to special cases. Because homeowners often lack the time and resources to remove smoke odors on their own, it’s important for hire a professional to both eliminate the problem and provide peace of mind.

The professionals at S&S Construction & Restoration Inc. specialize in professional smoke damage odor removal, as well as repair, restoration, and remodeling services for homes after a fire. For more information about smoke damage restoration in Southern California, contact S&S Construction & Restoration Inc. at (760) 559-2667 today.

What Is A Patio Cover? | Patio Cover Construction Hesperia | Hesperia Patio Covers

wood-patio-covers-and-pergolas-high-desertThe principle of patio covers is to grant every homeowner the compensations that the outdoors boasts while still giving shelter. Temperatures are rising and although we want to be outdoors sometimes the heat is too much to bare. Patio covers give us the outdoors while still shading us and providing coverage from the sun.

Aside from functional purposes a patio cover also brings a sleek design to your home extending it and giving a bigger feel. This could add value to your home as it is bringing an extra room to the outside. Some take it a step further and build a complete outdoor kitchen or sitting area. You can add a couch, sink, fireplace and more. For the person who loves to entertain a patio cover is the perfect addition.

There are a few options when deciding which patio cover fits your style and your home. If it is primarily for shade then you would go with a full top shade cover. If you prefer light shade but want some sun beaming through you could go with the pergola top which allows sun to get through but also gives some shelter from harsh elements. Some will grow vines to wrap around the beams and create a beautiful green cover with blooms. You can even add siding to protect against wind and other elements.

Patio covers come in many different materials. There are solid wood beams which hold up against time and bring a very classic look to your patio. A newer choice is the plastic beams. These are just as good quality as the wood but bring a more modern look to the patio. They are easy to clean and very durable. There are also the retractable covers made from very thick durable cloth that can roll up out of the way when not wanted. These are great for the indecisive. Being able to pick and choose when a cover is wanted or opening up the patio for full exposure.

Whatever you decide for your patio look you will want to weigh out the pros and cons of hiring a contractor for assembly and install of the patio. Enlisting a professional guarantees a job done right in a timely manner but doing it yourself could possibly save a few dollars if installed properly the first time. We suggest taking into consideration your skill and confidence in completing the job and possibly hiring a professional to assist if there is any doubt. The worst thing we at S&S Construction Restoration run into is when someone attempts a job and ends up spending more money correcting the mistakes and buying new materials.