How to eliminate drywall dust

How to eliminate drywall dust

Many Atlanta homeowners are making remodeling more of a priority. Whether they are choosing to expand to accommodate their own living preferences or are attempting to sell their home in an increasingly competitive marketplace, homeowners are turning to projects that enhance the structure of their homes.

Many projects, such as removing or adding a wall or installing electrical or pipe systems, involve working with drywall and, unfortunately, drywall dust. It comes with the territory. To get a smooth surface for painting and finishing, drywall must be sanded.

However, the resulting dust can not only coat furniture and floors, it is also considered potentially dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drywall dust can contain compounds associated with respiratory infections. One common compound, silica, also has been linked to fatal diseases like lung cancer and silicosis.

If you're planning to make your home improvements a DIY project, these are serious risks you need to consider. When dealing with drywall dust, implement the following precautions:

  1. Always wear a mask.
  2. Use proper tools. The Electronic Library of Construction Safety and Health recommends using local exhaust controls or sanders with a built-in vacuum. Even switching from a hand sander to a pole sander, which keeps dust particles from floating in close proximity to the eyes and mouth, can make a significant reduction in the dust inhaled.
  3. Lay down cloth or plastic over any exposed surfaces, and keep the room as well ventilated as possible.
  4. Work in short bursts to avoid too much dust accumulating too quickly.

However, if someone in your home is elderly, very young or already suffering from a breathing condition, it may be best to leave the drywall repair to the experts.

Professional Atlanta drywall contractors can patch an entire house in a matter of hours, and they undergo extensive training and certifications to keep you safe. Another bonus is that — since this is their profession — a drywall contractor is much more likely to have state-of-the-art tools that can prevent drywall dust from overtaking your home.

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