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family umbrellaYou have just purchased a house built before 1978 and you're worried about the potential dangers of lead. So you take a trip to the hardware store or choose to buy an at-home lead paint testing kit online from vendors such as Home Depot.  Is this a good idea? Or, should you have your home professionally tested?

The major advantage of at-home test kits is they are an inexpensive option. But, can they be trusted? According to Consumer Reports they can, but the reliability is not without a caveat.  First, you must make sure you do the test properly. Depending on which kit you get, following the instructions are not always easy, and reading the results are, at times, challenging. Plus, there are two types of tests. One uses sodium sulfide, the other rhodizonate. Each have issues with particular colors of paint.

Moreover, there are differences between kits that test for paint containing lead and kits that test for lead dust issues. Those who know (or assume) lead is present in their home take the latter test. They simply want to know whether or not the lead will be an issue. These tests also require mail-in results, as well as a set of step-by-step instructions. From Maine Public Health, here is a video of the process.

Yet, even if your home passes a lead dust kit test, that doesn't mean your house will stay free of lead problems. With at-home tests, your nerves could eat at you. "Did I do them right?" Perhaps if you lack confidence in such tests, you may want to have a professional inspect your house, identify the risks, and recommend corrections.

If you've determined lead is not a problem (for now), but you know lead is present, wouldn't you want to take the necessary steps to prevent it from becoming a problem in the future?  If so, contact us. ECOBOND® LBP is our patented lead sealant and treatment formulacontains an advanced technology thatseals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. The formula includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% and now resists acid rain.

Options for Lead Paint Testing

If you are a parent, likely one of your number one priorities is to keep your kids safe.  You child-proof your home when they are little, buy them helmets and knee pads for riding scooters and bikes, and watch them carefully on playgrounds and in pools.  You hold their hands when crossing streets and strap them into car seats and strollers so they'll be safe from harm.

Yet you may not realize a hidden danger your children may be exposed to every day in your own home: lead.  Any home or facility built before 1978 likely had lead paint put on its walls, doors, trim, and windowsills. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning and the toxic effects it can have on their health.  According to a brochure released by the Environmental Protection Agency, this is because their growing bodies absorb more lead, their brains are more susceptible to the damaging effects of lead, and they are more likely to put things in their mouths as they are very oral at these young ages. This means they may have lead dust on their hands while crawling around and ingest it when they put their hands in their mouths, or they may eat fallen paint chips.  They are also more likely to chew on door frames and windowsills, exposing them to lead paint particles.  Also, if you are pregnant and breathing in lead dust particles from the air in your home, your baby is at risk in-utero.

According to the brochure from the EPA, risks to children include nervous system damage, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder, behavior problems, muscle damage, and hearing loss among other things, and can even lead to death. This is a real and present danger.

So what can you do about this risk?  First, if you are considering purchasing a home built before 1978 or are currently living in one, you will need to proceed with lead paint testing  of the home as soon as possible. We recommend buying a kit from Home Depot. You currently have three options for lead paint testing in your home:

  1. Purchase a home test kit from a home improvement store.  These are inexpensive and produce quick results.  However they don't tell you how much lead is present.
  2. Send in samples to accredited laboratories.  A list of laboratories can be found here at the EPA website. You will want to call the laboratory and find out instructions of how to collect the samples and send them in. The lab will be able to tell you how much lead is present in a given sample. This is a more expensive route than a home test kit, but is more thorough.
  3. Hire a Licensed Lead Risk Assessor.  You can hire an assessor to test for lead as well as to make sure all the lead has been properly contained or removed. This also costs more than a home test kit but will be more thorough.

Once the presence of lead has been confirmed, you must choose to contain it or remove it, or both.  Removal must be done carefully by a professional since removal releases lead particles into the air.  Fortunately there is a safer option available to homeowners and contractors alike. ECOBOND® LBP is a "specialty paint product formulated to seal and treat the hazards of lead based paint." It seals in the lead so that it is no longer a hazard or makes it safe for removal by professionals.  

Painting over the lead based paint with ECOBOND® LBP is a cost-effective option for homeowners who want safety without breaking the bank.  Once this product is applied you won't need to worry that you and your children will be exposed to lead in your home from paint sources. ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® is specially formulated with patented lead treatment reagents made with food-grade additives  to take advantage of the natural binding properties with lead. This proprietary blend provides advanced human bioavailability reduction, in case of accidental ingestion of the treated lead paint dust and chips. (your specific results may vary) 

Third party independently documented test results utilizing US EPA method confirming the effectiveness of ECOBOND® LBP in protecting human health.

Contact us for more information on lead paint testing and the ECOBOND® LBP products we offer.

Sistine Chapel -Wikipedia public domainThe Sistine Chapel boasts one of the most beautiful artifacts in the world. It's covered with the vivid clouds and cherubs, the smooth flesh tones and flowing fabrics, the warm and pure expression of Italian art history. For four long, painful years, Michelangelo stood on scaffolding, painting the ceiling in intricate detail. In 1509 he described the physical strain of the project in a poem. “I’ve already grown a goiter from this torture...  My stomach’s squashed under my chin; my face makes a fine floor for droppings.”

He may have been suffering from more than just the muscle aches associated with working long hours in an unnatural position. But it took another few centuries before the 1834 London Medical and Surgical Journal described symptoms of what became known as “painter’s colic”. It correctly defined this as a “nervous affection” of the intestines, occurring when lead “is absorbed into the system.”

Other old masters, too, were subject to lead poisoning. Goya painted with his fingers. He suffered from blindness and vertigo. Van Gogh notoriously sucked on his paintbrushes, as the pigment was sweet to the taste. 

It's unfortunate that the world's greatest artists from ages past did not have access to lead paint removal products. But today, we have a whole arsenal, beginning with ECOBOND® LBP which is specially formulated with patented lead treatment reagents made with food-grade additives to take advantage of the natural binding properties of lead and phosphate to render lead virtually non-hazardous. This proprietary blend provides advanced human bioavailability reduction, in case of accidental ingestion of the treated lead paint chips.  (your specific results may vary)
We don’t cut corners. Third party independent testing documented results that confirmed the effectiveness of ECOBOND® LBP in protecting human health.

Because the fact that the minerals significantly resist breakdown and absorption of lead in the stomach, lead is hindered from getting into the blood stream by reducing in vitro bio-accessibility (IVBA) of lead from 50% to 85% on multiple samples***

Get it Right the First Time: Industrial Projects for Lead Paint Removal

When managing industrial projects for lead paint removal, remediation and remodeling contractors as well as demolition crews face tremendous pressure - and have a responsibility - to do it right the first time, not only for the sake of their customers and the public, but also for their own workers. 

Patented Solution for Remodeling, Renovation, Demolition, and Disposal

ECOBOND® LBP is a patented specialty coating combining a high-quality acrylic latex paint with natural lead treatment reagents and proprietary softeners for enhanced adhesions and permeation.

As a result, ECOBOND® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint, effectively providing a leave-on application that renders the treated materials non-hazardous for safe disposal.

Managing Air Quality Compliance and Soil Migration Issues

Most lead paint removal projects must document RCRA EPA compliance regarding disposal of treated items and control of lead airborne particulates.

For this reason, many lead  contractors treat with ECOBOND® prior to scraping and/or blasting in a containment system. The patented, comprehensive formula is a multi-use product that assists in compliance while at the same time providing for worker and vicinity/residential safety.

ECOBOND reduces air quality and soil migration concerns because the process seals lead and lead paint dust rendering demolished/treated items on-hazardous for disposal. In the process, when properly used, it also reduces airborne lead dust particulates, greatly reducing contamination at the worksite. 

Due to its broad applications and consistently favorable test results, the multi-purpose product is a popular solution among contractors and government agencies alike.

ECOBOND® LBP is allowed for use as a Lead Paint Interim Control in all 50 states, and can be used as a self-priming interior paint or to prep surfaces for most topical coverings, or as an exterior primer prior to application of standard exterior topcoat.
It is ideal for home, office, commercial facilities, schools, factories, and DOT structures.
ECOBOND® LBP’s superior adhesion and unique Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula can be used on a variety of properly prepared surfaces, including (but not limited to):

                     Wood

                     Drywall/Plaster

                     Steel

                     Masonry   

                     Brick

                     Metal

                     Concrete

                     Asphalt

As a matter of fact over the last 10 years, thousands of residential, commercial and governmental contractors became dissatisfied & frustrated with traditional lead paint treatment products and made the decision to replace their old encapsulant products. They found that when they started using ECOBOND® LBP to treat lead paint on interior and exterior surfaces, it gave them better results with low odor, low VOC, quick-dry penetrating resin, firm anchorage and paint application compatibility.

They can now treat lead based paint in a leave-on application or remove it, rendering it non-hazardous for disposal!

WARNING: Learn how ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® Lead-Based Paint Treatment is different than Encapsulants! Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it!

Download free Industry Report:http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com  

 

When it comes to industrial lead paint removal projects, everyone is focused on the same goal: removing the hazard without causing additional risks to those in the area. For the sake of your workers, residents, and everyone in the vicinity - shouldn't you learn as much as possible about your lead paint removal products? 

Questions about compliance or testing? Contact us.

* EPA Method 1311: Reduces lead hazards by up to 95%

**ASTM E1613-12: Reduces airborne lead dust by up to 99%

***EPA 9200.1-86: Reduces relative lead bioavailability by up to 75%

judge lawCongress finally passed a long-term surface transportation financing bill and the President signed it into law.  It's been a long time coming; there has been no new legislation to fund the construction of new transportation or repair and upgrade of old infrastructure in over 10 years.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Infrastructure Report Card states that 1 in 9 of our nations bridges are structurally deficient, and over 65,000 of them are at least 70 years old.

These bridges typically have an undercoat of lead-based paint (LBP) that is routinely painted over with latex or a moisture-cured urethane (MCU) overcoat.  These applications cover the lead but do not render it safe.

The Electronic Library of Construction Occupation Health and Safety details the hazards of repair and demolition of bridges when LBP is present.  Strict adherence to protocol is required to avoid lead poisoning on the job.

As America moves forward with the much-needed repair or replacement of these deficient structures, this lead based paint will be a major health and safety issue.

ECOBOND® LBP is a safe, economical method to coat the LBP for safe removal.  The patented formula chemically converts the lead and stabilizes it, rendering it safe for demolition.  It's patented softeners and penetrators provide exceptional adherence and reduces lead hazard by up to 95%.

When ECOBOND® LBP is used properly, removed and collected solid waste can typically be disposed of as non-hazardous for lead.  This will result in a major savings of time and money over standard hazardous disposal fees.

ECOBOND® LBP is an easy-to-use and economical solution to the LBP hazards associated with steel bridge repair and retrofit.  Contact us to learn how we can save you time and money.

The Flint Water Emergency-A 2016 CrisisOn January 16, President Obama declared the city of Flint, Michigan a state of emergency. The crisis began nearly two years ago, when the city decided to change water sources from the great Lake Huron to the notoriously polluted Flint River. 

According to a class action lawsuit filed in November 2015, the state Department of Environmental Quality failed to treat the Flint River water with an anti-corrosive agent. This neglect, which was in violation of federal law, caused erosion in the iron water mains. Community members are said to "have experienced serious and in some cases life threatening and irreversible bodily injury; (incurring) substantial economic losses in the nature of medical expenses, lost wages; ...and non-economic damages in the nature of pain and suffering, embarrassment, outrage, mental anguish, fear and mortification, and stress related physical symptoms such as sleepiness, gastrointestinal discomfort, neuropathy and similar symptoms."

The National Guard was called in to help distribute water from resource centers. Celebrities have begun to chime in, like Michigan native, director Michael Moore, and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, who each dubbed Flint a "crime scene." Cher teamed up with Icelandic Glacial and donated 180,000 bottles of water.

Although the use of lead paint was mainly discontinued after 1978, lead poisoning, long thought to have run its course in America's society, is still relevant today. The outrage of the Flint community is entirely justified, being that lead poisoning can be prevented on many levels. Beyond the leaching of rusty pipes, proximity contamination is spread through methods such as sanding, scraping or blasting, resulting in lead dust and paint chips becoming activated in air, soil and water. 

With over 15 years of proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products has been extensively used throughout the US and internationally in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material.

Proximity contamination sounds like it affects the immediate area surrounding a building or demolition site. It sounds like a problem that's limited and can be contained. But unfortunately, Flint, Michigan is the latest example of how far-reaching the effects of lead can be. 

Lead in the Water

The problem of increased lead exposure in children throughout Flint can apparently be traced to a change the city made in 2014, when it stopped relying on Detroit for its drinking water and began drawing water from the Flint River.  

A medical study released in September 2015 showed that after the change to the city's source of drinking, the proportion of infants and children with above-average levels of lead in their blood had nearly doubled.

Within about a month, the city made arrangements to return to Detroit as the source of its drinking water. And on December 14, 2015, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency, say the city was facing a "manmade disaster."

Lead Liabilities 

Not surprisingly, at least one class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this fall. It is among the latest reminders that lead cleanup and mitigation is one of many things in life that needs to be done right the first time. 

Lead poisoning is a real, if easy to ignore, danger. While it can be easy to overlook the danger, it is impossible to deny the consequences, and unfortunately, they are serious and long-lasting. 

The news from Flint reminds us of the importance of what we do. We are passionate about protecting the environment and people, especially children, from lead hazards and believe - in spite of this news - that someday the prevalence of lead poisoning around the world will be but a memory.

Is Lead Paint Putting Your Children at Risk?

While many people will say that parents today are too overprotective, there is one common concern that is completely valid: proximity contamination from lead paint. Countless studies have shown that lead increases the risk of cancer, causes respiratory problems in children, and may even cause birth defects. Lead is seldom used today in toys, but many houses, businesses, and even playground equipment dating back to the 1970's used lead-based paint. This lead runs the risk of entering people's lungs, or even into local crop and water supplies.

Many homeowners have taken to having lead paint removed from their property. At an average cost of $15 per square foot, this can come to as much as $10,000 for the typical house. A common alternative to removal is to paint over the lead-covered surfaces with latex-based paint. This, unfortunately, does not seal the lead well enough to prevent proximity contamination by wind or rainfall, and airborne particles can still escape. What actually does work, is the paint by EcoBond LBP. Our paint is specially formulated to seal lead-based paint, preventing proximity contamination. We have been proven effective, and our paint is a cost-effective alternative to removal. Government contractors, industrial firms, and residential builders all enjoy our products.

Whether you are a homeowner or building contractor, if you are considering a lead cleanup or remediation project, please contact us with your questions

Kite pixabay dragons 2475205 640It was a bright, sunny day, which means one thing to a little girl named Jessica: It's time to go outside and fly her new kite! Her dad just showed her how to use it yesterday, and now she finally has the chance to try it out on her own. She ran down the street to the park, carefully checked the line and made sure she didn't have any tangles. All set, she started running, let go of the kite and watched it soar up high ... but suddenly, she saw a big dust cloud blow over her kite and send it straight into a tree. She started to cry as she wondered if anyone could get it down for her, but the truth was that the kite was the least of her problems right now.

She started coughing more and more on the way home. She told her mom about the bad headache she felt, but even after laying down for hours, she only felt worse. Then her stomach started to hurt badly. Finally, her parents took her to the doctor, and they discovered Jessica was another neighborhood victim of lead poisoning. How did this tragedy happen?

That same dust cloud that killed her kite was full of airborne lead particles from the demolition of a building right next to the park. 

In this fictional story above, we learn a very important lesson. Especially in older neighborhoods, both industrial and commercial projects often require building renovations. New owners are quick to tear down old buildings and start over, but it's exactly these demolitions that create a major health hazard by spreading toxic lead dust into the air.

The Laurelhurst, Portland preservation group published studies showing that: Most houses built before 1978 contain lead-based exterior paint and sometimes interior paint ... when they rip down a house with heavy equipment, the pulverized paint becomes dust, releasing lead into the air. The airborne lead from a home demolition spreads throughout a radius of 190 yards -- 570 feet -- on a windless day.   

What should construction companies do to avoid spreading toxic lead dust into the air?

In Wayne State University near Baltimore, they've discovered some important steps that help control the spread of lead dust. Workers spray down a building with water hoses before and after the demolition. They need to receive proper training about handling the debris safely. Better yet is the use of plastic-covered fencing as well as proper street cleaning around the demolition site to protect all the residents in the neighborhood. Everyone should be aware of the risks of lead poisoning, especially since young children are the ones most vulnerable to lead poisoning.

Demolishing or Building an Urban Industrial Projects While Being Wary of Lead Paint Removal.

Building up large industrial projects or tearing them down results in the same problem of keeping the area clean and environmentally friendly. Not only do these benefit pedestrians passing by, they also improve the health and safety of the workers that are vital to the project's success. Additionally, there are many regulations in this area, so governments are constantly monitoring clean-up efforts. Reducing airborne particles produces a more productive and wholesome environment for everybody.

Take a recent project in New York City. The island is packed with busy workers, families, tourists and executives. Keeping a site safe and free of too much lead paint particles is a tough job and important.

In fact, the State requires that land lords identify any areas of risk. They must investigate how the lead paint hazards, inform occupants with a written form and provide an annual notice to update people on the status of the lead.  That is not only for current residents but for residents of nearby buildings when one is being demolished.

Just imagine if the land lord used well-tested, high quality lead paint removal techniques. Not only would that cut down on the time and money spent on investigating further lead paint, it would also meet all the compliance standards set by the State.

Now a building in the heart of the city with bustling people, public transportation, heat or cold can still meet all of the standards when it is being destroyed or built. No matter what the condition, new lead paint removal techniques give the landlord the freedom they want and need.

ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® is the nation’s leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.


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