Lead Paint Removal
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Lead based paints have been banned by the federal government since 1978. Yet you could fall victim to lead poisoning in your own home even in this day and age.
Lead paints were popular back in the 1940s to 1970s because it was durable and dried quickly. If you’re living in an older home, chances are you’re being surrounded by lead based paint. In fact, millions of homes built before 1978 here in the United States still contain some kind of lead based paint even today – except such lead hazards could easily be hidden under layers of new paint, flooring, or behind built-in furniture. Which isn’t exactly a problem… until you start making repairs, or knocking down walls when remodeling, for example.
When lead based paint deteriorates over time or is scraped and hacked at in home improvement jobs, lead paint chips break off and lead dust is released into the air. Just our usual daily activities at home can even swirl the lead dust around and cause it to settle on even more areas of the home, increasing our exposure to lead poisoning.
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Why Is Lead Based Paint A Problem?
Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal, and lead poisoning is a health risk for adults and especially in children.
When we breathe in and swallow airborne lead particles, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, causing health problems like kidney damage, high blood pressure, fertility issues, and nerve problems. Some signs of lead poisoning are headaches, nausea, abdominal pain, memory and focus problems, and even paralysis.
In children, lead poisoning has shown to cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, seizures, and sometimes even death. The most frightening thing is that children who are exposed to lead poisoning might not show any symptoms, so you wouldn’t even realize they are being affected.
Children, especially young children, tend to be more exposed to lead poisoning because they naturally like to put things in their mouth, or they might play in the garden which could have been exposed to flaking paint chips from your home’s exterior. Studies show that hundreds of thousands of children in the United States have significantly dangerous levels of lead in their bodies.
Steps We Take For Lead Paint Removal
Our licensed inspectors will thoroughly inspect and assess the lead contamination present in your home, and recommend a customized lead paint removal plan for your home.
If the lead paint is in rather good condition and isn’t chipping or flaking off, you might be able to paint over the lead paint in order to protect your family from coming into direct contact with it. This is called “encapsulation” and it is an effective remediation technique that is safer than lead based paint removal because it does not disturb the paint and potentially release lead dust into the air. Note, however, that you will need specially formulated “encapsulants”, instead of your regular hardware store house paints.
Our lead paint removal specialists might use one of a few methods to remove the paint, whether it’s scraping with chemical paint strippers or sanding it with an industrial vacuum with a HEPA filter. No matter the method, you can trust that it will be done safely and according to EPA guidelines and lead paint removal regulations. Special attention will be paid to contain the work area so that there will not be any possibility of lead contamination, and our team will also take care of safe cleaning procedures and sanitization.
If the situation is serious, you might need to consider replacement and restoration. This may mean removing entire areas such as windows, doors, or even drywalls that are covered in lead based paint. This might especially make sense if you’re already doing renovation works on your home. Replacing contaminated lead painted surfaces will definitely remove any traces of lead based paint.
How Can You Tell If You Have Lead Paint?
Unfortunately, there is no way to look at a paint job and tell if it contains lead or not. There are some common signs, such as what is known as “alligatoring”, so named because lead based paint cracks and wrinkles, and starts looking like the skin of an alligator. Another sign is if you rub the paint and see a chalky substance coming off of it.
But even then, it’s not possible to tell with the naked eye if the paint in your home is lead based. The best thing you can do is seek the help of a professional to conduct a proper paint inspection and lab analysis.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you suspect it might be lead paint, do not try to remove it by yourself! Always consult a professional first. If you discover lead paint while doing renovations or repainting activities, stop what you are doing and contact the lead paint abatement professionals. Any lead paint deterioration needs to first be stabilized before any further work can be done, and the professionals will ensure that the correct safety precautions are taken so you can continue with a lead safe renovation.
Call our certified professionals today at (718) 357-9191, we are available for you 24/7/365!