COVID-19 UPDATE: Business As Usual For Contractors

Remodeling contractors, plumbers, painters, electricians and carpenters have always been leaders when it comes to isolating their jobsites from the general public. If you’re in the midst of a kitchen, bathroom or basement remodel don’t worry about exposure to the COVID-19 virus from construction. Recognizing the importance of projects like yours, the government has tagged construction as an industry allowed to continue business as usual.

Why you shouldn’t worry:

First, there is NO EVIDENCE the virus spreads through the air. That means dust generated during construction isn’t carrying it into your house. The virus is spread through human contact with bodily fluids.

Because there are plenty of other risks in the work zone, your contractors don’t want you poking around the jobsite at any time. And now, they’re concerned about getting infected by you, too.

Contractors take precautions…

We regularly deal with an assortment of potential hazards from fine drywall dust to caustic fumes from gouts, adhesives and paint. Face masks, gloves, respirators and mechanical air filters are all part of our tool box. Our air scrubbers feature heavy-duty HEPA filters – capturing small particles that may carry bacteria, mold spores and other airborne contaminants. We are and will always be conscious of personal safety.

We’ll usually isolate the work area from the rest of your home with plastic sheeting as an additional safeguard for your family. Safety and health is always our concern.

You hear the catch phrase: “We’re in this together.”  We believe it. We committed to your project before most of the COVID-19 impact was fully understood. We remain committed to delivering a quality result.

With that understanding, be advised that while we try to maintain a “business as usual” approach, elements beyond our control are at work. The timeline for your project may be impacted by outside factors including:

Delays in obtaining materials – as the workforce in various businesses is told to stay home, getting delivery on everything from basic lumber and nails to the kitchen sink might be slowed.

Legal setbacks – with government offices closed or providing limited access, obtaining permits and scheduling required inspections will be more difficult.

A nervous workforce – every member of our team is concerned with his or her own safety and the safety of their family. Most will attempt to make it business as usual. Some will feel compelled to stay at home. We have to respect that. If they or a family member are ill, they should. That goes for all our suppliers, too.

Rest assured everyone at Sims Exteriors & Remodeling is committed to doing the right thing… whatever that may be in the days and weeks ahead.