There's Lead in Your Popcorn (Ceilings). Considerations for Lead Paint Removal

popcorn ceiling lead paint removal iStock 84250345 SMALLPopcorn ceilings are old, outdated, and many people also consider them ugly. Removing these ceilings is a great way to update your home. However, according to SKIL these ceilings don't only contain a lot of asbestos (a known carcinogen), but they're also covered with a coat of lead-based paint. Therefore, your ceiling more than likely has lead, especially if constructed before 1978.

When you're ready to remove the popcorn ceilings in your home, dust chips will fall off your ceiling as you sand, cut, and demolition it. Since this is really dangerous to you and your family's health, lead dust containment is a vital step to take as you remove your popcorn ceilings. As such, the EPA strongly discourages you from doing this work yourself. Instead, you must hire someone who's certified and trained to do this work so they prevent lead contamination.

You can still choose to do this work yourself in hopes of saving some money. However, this can become a major problem in the long run for many reasons, including:

  • This work is difficult and requires special equipment (e.g. respirators, eye protection) and expertise you probably lack.
  • This is a very time-consuming project if you aren't familiar with how to do it correctly.
  • You could damage other parts of your home while doing this work, especially if the popcorn ceiling was ever painted.

It's important to understand that lead is nothing to play with. It can negatively affect your health. So, make sure you take all the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe when you choose to remove the popcorn ceiling from your home.

Buffalo, New York Tightens Lead Paint Regulations for Rental Properties

Buffalo, New York is an older city with mostly older housing containing lead paint. This paint is dangerous when chipped, scraped, or bitten. In fact, Erie County has a really high rate of lead paint poisoning in children, which has led Mayor Brown to commit the city to helping build affordable, lead free housing. 

Since 2009 Buffalo has created over $230 million of affordable housing, including more than 1,300 new affordable housing units. As of Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Buffalo also moved to tighten city ordinances for discovering what buildings contain lead and barring people from living there. 

According to this regulation, Fillmore District Council member David Franczyk says landlords are now responsible for hiring "an individual that is a registered agent of that property and he needs to get a license in the City of Buffalo, and before that property can be rented, there has to be a certificate that says that the property is lead-free."

Not all of Buffalo's property managers have licenses, although they're supposed to have them. Under these new rules the city has tightened controls if there's a problem with a property that's managed by someone who isn't licensed. There's no room for understanding if these landlords can't afford to repaint their properties.

Due to the city's history there are lead problems throughout the city. While some landlords have covered some of these lead problems up with paint, others aren't. This is true in both low-income and upscale neighborhoods alike. Considering all the health problems lead can cause, efforts to correct this problem are vital. Buffalo has seen and understood this so now they're taking notice and doing something to correct the problem.

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Lead Paint Awareness Courtesy of John Oliver and Sesame Street

Sesame Street iStock 90753033 SMALLIn April of this year, comedian John Oliver teamed up with a few of Sesame Street's beloved characters, Elmo, Oscar and Rosita, to call attention to the nation's ongoing lead paint problem. It's one of many stories of late prompted by all the media attention on Flint, Michigan's lead-tainted water crisis.

But, as an April 18th article by Meredith Blake in the L.A. Times reported, Oliver pointed out that the problem of lead paint dust poses an even more serious threat to the nation's health. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than 2 million homes in America contain both a lead dust problem and a child under 6 years of age.

Despite his wry jokes about the issue, John Oliver knows it's no laughing matter. The scary fact is that it takes only a tiny amount (as little as 10 milligrams) to affect a young child's lifelong health. And it's literally a decades-old problem in the U.S. In fact, this isn't Sesame Street's first go-round with the issue. Twenty years ago, they produced a song to raise awareness of the problem.


Connecticut's Proactive Stance on Preventing Lead Paint Poisoning

radioactive custom text 15994According to a September 19th article in The Electronic Urban Report, Connecticut may well be the only state in the country that currently takes a proactive approach to preventing lead paint poisoning in residences with children.

In 2013, approximately 60,000 Connecticut children had reported cases of lead exposure. Today, the state's laws are stricter than current Federal laws, and require every child in the state to be screened twice for lead paint exposure before the age of three. In spite of the law however, the Connecticut Department of Health confirms that very few children get the required second screening. Apparently because many residents, including the doctors who do the screenings, feel that the laws are overly strict, children whose initial testing is negative for lead, do not often return for a second screening. A public forum was held on September 12th to address this issue and try to find ways to better enforce the law.

The effects of lead-paint poisoning in children are both immediate and long-lasting. Many of the immediate symptoms such as diarrhea and constipation, fatigue, abdominal pain and irritability are so common among children that parents often disregard them, chalking it up to viruses or too much junk food. Long-range effects are far more serious, however, and include hearing loss, hyperactivity, life-long learning disabilities and speech delays.

The Connecticut Children's Medical Center currently sponsors a program aimed at supporting healthy homes for the state's children. The program, entitled simply, Healthy Homes, provides lead home inspections and safe removal, financial assistance for reconstruction and temporary relocation, and lead hazard education. The program is jointly funded by HUD and the Connecticut Department of Housing.

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Beyond Flint: Lead Paint in the News. A New Lead Paint Testing Proposal from HUD

Lead Hazard iStock 82541179 SMALLWe've all been made aware of the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan due to extensive national news coverage of the problem, but Cleveland, Ohio has a bigger problem with lead, and unlike Flint, it has nothing to do with their water supply. Cleveland's lead poisoning crisis is a direct result of a failed decades-long campaign to attack the problem of lead paint in the city's old buildings and residences. Consider that at the height of the water-caused lead crisis in Flint in 2014, roughly 7% of its children tested positive for lead poisoning. The percentage of children in Cleveland was a shocking 14.2%, according to a March 3rd New York Times report. The article also reports that Philip J. Landrigan, a leading expert on lead and a professor of preventive medicine and pediatrics at Mt. Sinai School of medicine, the huge problem of lead in the U.S. passes mostly unnoticed, except for a few rare cases. He believes that unless Congress takes further action on the problem of lead poisoning in America's children, the problem will only escalate.

The Federal government started phasing out lead in gasoline in 1975, and lead in paint was banned in 1978. In 2000, a government task force proposed ending lead poisoning in children by the end of the decade. It's clear that has not happened. While blood lead levels in kids under 6 have declined significantly, there is no disputing that much work remains before we eradicate the problem completely. Recent estimates have the number of households that still have at least some lead paint on walls and woodwork is about 37 million, and another 23 million have potentially hazardous levels of lead in soil, paint chips and dust. Of those 60 million hazardous households, the CDC estimates that at least 4 million have children living in them. A half million of those children are believed to have enough lead in their systems to merit medical attention.

Unfortunately, in most cities, the affected neighborhoods are poor ones with little political clout. But experts say that state and local government concern over the costs of fixing the problem is unfounded. A 2009 study estimated that every dollar spent on removing lead hazards would result in $221 in benefits resulting from increased productivity, greater tax revenues and lower health care costs.

The U.S. is plagued by a lead paint problem that has literally been going on for decades. Millions of older homes and apartments across the country -- many housing families with small children -- contain chipping, peeling lead paint which is threatening the normal development of our nation's kids.

On Thursday, September 1st, a local Connecticut newspaper called the NewsTimes, picked up an Associated Press story on the subject. AP writer Matt O’Brien, reports that the nation's top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Julian Castro, is proposing that the level of lead in children's blood that currently triggers federal action to clean up their homes, be significantly reduced. Castro made the announcement about the new proposed rule change in Providence, Rhode Island and later, toured Providence's HUD-assisted homes with the city's mayor.

The current actionable level of lead in children is 20 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Castro wants to lower the level to 5 micrograms per deciliter, saying this would allow HUD to ensure that the homes they support are as safe as possible. The new rule would also expand their investigations to include a full environmental inspection, rather than just a basic lead paint assessment, allowing them to more easily find and fix the source of lead exposure. Under the new rules, any time a child under 6 is found to have lead levels in their blood that are above the threshold, providers of HUD-assisted housing must report the case to HUD, triggering an investigation. If either lead paint or lead-infused soil are found, the provider must fix the problem immediately under penalty of law.

The revisions to the current law would align HUD's lead limits with those recommended by the CDC in 2012.

Castro made the announcement in Rhode Island because the state reportedly has the oldest rental housing inventory in the country. The Rhode Island Health Department says that even though elevated lead levels in the state's children have declined by about one-third in the past 10 years, there are still 935 Rhode Island children who will be entering kindergarten this year with elevated levels of lead in their blood which can lead to irreversible health, behavioral and learning problems.

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