Home Improvement and Pets: Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Animals have stronger sense of smell than humans. Odors that can be unnoticed by humans could be something that animals can sense from a far. In the house, pets can smell their humans while they’re still at the driveway. They get excited and active. However, there are scents that may be toxic to pets. As one decides to improve the house, pet owners must take note of the following tips to prevent causing harm to the pets.

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Use water-based paints

Paint fumes can be hazardous to humans, and even animals. Paints that have high percentages of volatile organic compounds—about forty to sixty percent—can cause nausea, eye irritation, organ damage, and sometimes even cancer in humans, and pets aren’t exempted from it. With a sense of smell that’s 10,000 more perceptive than humans, pets might get sick, especially when their immune system is weak. Strong pain fumes may cause respiratory problems to pets, especially when they’re showing signs of such ailments but left unattended.

Keep them out

It would be best to keep them out of the room first when painting it. When they are exposed to toxic fumes for a long time, pets might begin to cough and hack. These are signs of a respiratory illness. It they show these signs, bring them to the veterinarian to have their health checked.

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Even when using paints that have low percentages of volatile organic compounds, it’s best to keep them out of the room to prevent them from being sick. Knowing what to do with pets as the home improvement process rolls out will surely give peace of mind to everyone in the family.

Steve Silvers is the founder of the leading Los Angeles, CA-based painting and home improvement company, Paint Squad. He is a wine enthusiast, a sports fan, and devoted father. For more posts on home improvement, visit this blog.


Home Improvement: Tips On Working With Contractors

Hiring a contractor for home improvement projects is the better alternative than DIYs in most cases, as this can ensure that the job is done effectively and efficiently. However, there are incidences when selecting the wrong contractor can also lead to substandard work, delays, and, worst, legal issues.

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To choose and create a good working relationship with the right contractor, here are some tips:

  • Check the contractor’s qualifications. If the contractor holds a license, which he could only attain after passing an exam, it is evidence of his knowledge in his craft and building codes. Also, it is better if he is a member of certain organizations, such as the Building Industry Association (BIA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), that bind him to a strict code of ethics.
    Agree on expectations and sign a detailed contract. A contract spells out everything and sets every expectation and parameters, even the most minute details. It not just serves as protection for both the homeowner and the contractor, it also assures the quality of the job.
    Connect with the contractor. In any project, communication is key to ensure the home improvement work is running smoothly. Creating a connection with the contractor can open clear communication lines with the contractor, foremen, and the workers.
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Steve Silvers owns Paint Squad, a California-based leader in the home improvement and painting industries. He is also a family man, sports fan, and wine enthusiast. For more articles about home improvement, follow this Facebook account.