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5 Issues Homeowners Encounter When Restoring Older Homes

The charm and aesthetic of older homes has drawn many buyers to consider restoration projects instead of new builds in recent years. However, the hidden issues and costs associated with these types of restorations can become overwhelming for buyers choosing to tackle this endeavor themselves.

While more cosmetic projects, like painting, are usually a task any amateur can accomplish, owners of older homes should be wary of some issues that require professional contractors. DIYers should be on the lookout for these five common problems when restoring their older homes.Common Problems With Older Home Restoration

Outdated Plumbing

New sink and bathroom installations are a normal undertaking when restoring older homes. However, the age and condition of the current plumbing needs to be assessed before new fixtures are put in place. Water spots on the ceiling and walls are major indicators of plumbing problems (and can also be a sign of a leaking roof). If ignored, bad plumbing can result in a flooded house and cause severe water damage. Homeowners should look for outward signs of outdated plumbing, but should also inquire about pipe material prior to purchase. Brass and copper piping can last 50 plus years, while steel usually only lasts 20 years.

Unsafe Electrical

Not only do older homes already contain far fewer outlets than a modern lifestyle demands, they can also harbor dangerous electrical wiring issues. Insulation that has worn away over the years can cause exposed electrical, which is not something inexperienced homeowners should attempt to fix themselves because the chance of electrical shock is high. If left ignored and unattended, the exposed electrical wires can spark a devastating fire or home power outage.

Toxic Materials

If the home was built prior to 1978, it is essential homeowners check for both asbestos and lead-based paint. Both can be extremely harmful and need to be removed to ensure the health of those living in the home. Asbestos can be found in insulation, floor tiles, and plaster. Due to the health-related risks of its removal, asbestos is now covered and contained with specific materials instead of being extracted from the home. Lead-based paint is crucial to be aware of, but can be covered with several coats of regular paint. Be careful of ingesting paint dust or flakes by wearing painting masks and keep children away from the affected areas until properly covered!

Mold Damage

Mold can present anything from a very minor inconvenience to a huge, costly endeavor. Visible mold on walls, floors, and cabinets should be inspected properly. It is typical for an aging house to have cosmetic mildew damage over time which can be fixed through normal demolition and restoration. Extensive mold damage, on the other hand, will halt a restoration timeline and requires professional removal. The health risks involved with ignoring black mold are not worth saving time or money.

Foundation and Structural Issues

Slight foundational cracks are common in older homes and are usually a quick and inexpensive fix. However, major structural issues require immediate attention. Before buying a home that has visible foundation damage, doors and windows that don’t close or latch properly, or uneven floors, homeowners should have a contractor assess the extent and cost of foundational issues. Factor in foundation problems into a restoration project sooner than later, as it can put all other work put into the home at risk.

Despite all of these common issues, restoring an old home is not all doom and gloom. Restoration projects are growing in popularity in Indianapolis, and for good reason! Preserving classic details and architecture creates a unique space for homeowners and upholds the character of historic neighborhoods. Contact us today and we can provide you the help you need to plan and execute the restoration of your dream home!

Van Rooy Restoration Launches New, Enhanced Website

With a never-ending mission to bring you the very best service and support, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new and improved website here at Van Rooy Restoration. This enhanced site will give us an even better opportunity to reach out to residents in Indianapolis and across central Indiana. Now, we can better inform you about preventing home and property damage, while highlighting our many products and services designed to restore your property should the unthinkable ever occur.

Keep reading to learn more about what’s new on our site.

New Site Navigation Tools

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Comparing our old and new websites is like comparing night and day. Click the top of your screen to visit our homepage and start exploring the new site. We’ve improved navigation and accessibility, making it easier to find what you’re looking for and getting rid of the guesswork on which tabs, pages, and links to click next. From our homepage, you have easy access to our services, resources, team bios, contact info, and more. Go check it out!

New Interactive Features

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Reading is one thing, but seeing is believing. One of our favorite new features on the site is our restoration photo gallery. Browse images of smoke/fire, water, and storm damage, along with our before and after pics to see just how far we go to return your property to “like new” condition again. The Van Rooy photo gallery also includes images of our remodeling/construction, roofing, and 24-hour emergency response services.

Remember, we proudly serve residential, business, and multi-family clients across central Indiana.

New Monthly Blog

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If you are reading this, that means you’ve found our blog. Nice work! The Van Rooy Restoration blog is updated monthly and covers relevant, timely topics that can help keep your family, your home, and your business safe. Recent posts include winter car emergency kits, winter storm preparedness, and other disaster prep tips. You can access our blog from the Van Rooy homepage or bookmark it for easier access from your computer or mobile device.

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As much as we hope it never happens, accidents and disasters do strike. If a smoke or fire, water, or weather emergency happens to you, we are here when you need us most, 24 hours a day. Write down our contact information and keep it handy, and visit the rest of our newly improved website to find out how Van Rooy is redefining restoration. Stay safe and have a great 2016!