Most people are aware of the dangers of lead poisoning, but many do not know what to do when lead becomes a risk in their own home. Lead-based paint is the most common source of lead in your home, and was used in most homes until 1978 when the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint.
In most cases, lead paint has been covered with new paint, and is usually not a concern unless it is deteriorating or if demolition or repairs are needed. Lead-based paint may also be a concern if it is located on surfaces that see a lot of use, or that children might chew on, such as windowsills, door frames, stairs, or railings.
If you have lead-based paint in your home, there are several lead abatement options to ensure the safety of your family. At ASR, we are Lead Safe Certified Approved by the EPA, and have the proper training and qualifications to determine the best and safest method of lead abatement.
There are 4 primary lead-abatement methods, and we will evaluate your project and determine the best method to use. Our professional lead abatement team knows how to safely and effectively perform each of these methods to protect your home and your family.
Encapsulation is usually the method of choice when it comes to lead abatement. Encapsulation involves brushing or rolling on a specialized paint-like coating that creates a watertight bond and seal in the lead-based paint. This prevents the lead-based paint from deteriorating, but the coating can wear over time and require re-application.
Enclosure is when an old lead-based paint surface is covered with a new surface. This could include putting in new drywall, or covering windowsills with vinyl cladding or aluminum. If your enclosed surface is ever taken off or removed, you will have to deal with the exposed lead-based paint that is under the enclosure.
There are many methods of removing lead-based paint, and some are more effective at reducing harmful dust during removal. Wire brushing and wet hand scraping are common approaches to removing lead-based paint. Both processes involve using a liquid paint remover to be able to completely remove the paint. Alternative, an electric sander with a high efficiency particulate air filtered vacuum is used. After the paint is removed, the entire area must be thoroughly cleaned and free of dust.
Replacement occurs when the surfaces or features that have lead-based paint are removed and replaced with new items. This can include windows, doors, woodwork, or any other surface with lead-based paint.
If you are concerned about deteriorating lead-based paint in your home, contact ASR today to learn more about our services. Our team is highly qualified and certified to perform lead abatement with accuracy and integrity. Call our team today!