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frustrated at my desk 400 clr 8478There are plenty of regulations and laws that proscribe the use and removal of lead paints. Changes to the laws have occurred since 1970 when lead's use in paint concluded. After nearly a half-century, millions of homes throughout America still contain dangerous levels of lead from paint. The reasons are numerous and in 1998, the EPA issued a memorandum, hoping it would serve to expedite the removal of lead from residential housing.

By reclassifying lead paint debris, excluding it from RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste regulations, the EPA's belief was that, "[it] will facilitate additional residential, renovation and remodeling, and rehabilitation activities, thus protecting children from continued exposure to lead paint in homes ... making lead paint homes safe for children," as issued by Elizabeth A. Cotsworth, Director Office of Solid Waste. In that same memo,"[t]he reclassification made lead paint debris generated by contractors in households ... 'household waste'."

It was plan that balanced cost against danger. But did it work?

Almost twenty years later, according to HUD, "[b]ased on the survey results, it is estimated that 37.1 million homes (34.9%) have lead-based paint (LBP) somewhere in the building, of which 23.2 million (21.9% of all homes) have one or more lead-based paint hazards. Of homes with lead-based paint, 34.4 million (93%) were built before 1978." That may sound like a tremendous number. Exposing so many people and their children to the highly dangerous lead-based paint (LBP) continues as a deeply serious issue, subjecting them to a multitude of serious, possibly permanent, health challenges.

Yet, in 1970, with the banning of LBP, there were approximately 64 million homes affected. It seems that since that time, approximately half the homes have eliminated LBP.

The question now turns on whether the EPA should continue the policy. Lowering costs of remediation, which were and are prohibitive, especially since most of these homes are in poor areas, may have reached its effective point. After all, in two decades more than thirty million homes continue to expose families to danger.

The solution would not be simple. It may pose a greater cost. Yet, we live in a society where the nation organizes to secure and render aid to large regions when storms, earthquakes and other events wreak havoc on the residents and their property. With this perspective, given the health risk to people who occupy these homes, perhaps a similar approach might prove successful.

The answer is no longer to do nothing or pretend that an old statue that has outlived its effectiveness are sufficient. It is now reaching a point where the failure to act looks much like a national disgrace moving in slow motion.

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ResidentialIf you currently own or are purchasing an older home, you probably know all about the risks of lead-based paint. You know that homes built before 1978 (when the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint) are likely to have lead-based paint that was never removed properly and was probably simply painted over. You also know that exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, especially for children and pregnant women. In fact, according to the CDC, "Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected."

So what do you do? You might be tempted to rush out to purchase a wire whisk, sander, or paint stripper to get that toxic metal out of the house as soon as possible. But first, being the responsible homeowner you are, you do some research to find out how to do it safely. And, unless you have a great deal of construction experience under your belt, this might be where your DIY ambitions begin to fade. It takes a lot of specialized equipment, expertise, and experience to remove lead paint safely.

Removing lead paint without proper precautions can actually be more hazardous than leaving it on the walls. That's because it is the contact with the lead that causes problems. A wall that was painted with lead-based paint years ago and then repainted a number of times poses less risk of contact than when the lead is exposed through scraping, stripping, or sanding. All these methods cause copious amounts of lead dust and paint chips, which must be dealt with properly. "Lead-contaminated dust is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning in children," according to the Mayo Clinic. You can't see or smell the lead, so it's difficult to identify and eliminate all possibilities for exposure.

The RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a program created by the EPA) and OSHA have strict regulations that must be adhered to when removing lead paint in an industrial setting. As a homeowner and DIYer, you are not required to adhere to such strict regulations, but it is in your best interest to do so. After all, protecting your family's health is what this is all about, right? The EPA recommends that homeowners take the following precautions, among others, when removing lead-based paint:

  • Remove everything from the area
  • Cover everything with a double layer of 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting
  • Use a NIOSH-certified respirator equipped with HEPA filters
  • Turn off ventilation systems
  • Construct an air-lock at the entry
  • Use a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner for cleanup
  • In other words, you have to be very, very careful when removing lead paint.

So what's the takeaway? Are we recommending that you simply leave the lead-based paint on the walls? Not at all. The lead paint needs to be taken care of, but it's best to talk to a trained professional before making any DIY decisions. We can help. Our professionals are up to date and trained in every regulation, we are well equipped, and we do this all the time. Call us for a consultation today.

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.

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.

handyman jack of all trades 400 clr 17776If you are thinking about purchasing a home that has lead paint present, you might not think that it will be a big deal to scrape away the old paint, prime the walls and add a new coat of paint. However, it's really not that simple. If you are going to buy the home, it is important to hire a professional lead paint removal service.

This is important for a few reasons. First of all, you have to think about your own safety. Although wearing a mask and gloves can help protect you, you could still put yourself at risk of harm from the lead paint or lead dust by removing it yourself. You could also mistakenly leave some behind, putting your whole family at risk after move-in. By hiring a professional, you can help keep yourself safe.

There are also regulations that have to be followed when it comes to lead paint removal, such as EPA regulations. As an average home buyer, you might not know what to do to remain compliant with these regulations.

Lastly, you may be able to negotiate with the home seller if you have a professional handle the lead paint issue. Once someone comes in and gives a quote for the removal, you may be able to have the home seller pay the price or reduce the price of the home. It's a great bargaining tool that might not work quite as well if you attempt to do the work yourself.

The presence of lead paint should not prevent you from buying the house of your dreams. However, for these reasons and more, you should remember that lead paint removal is not a do-it-yourself project. Instead, work with a professional lead paint removal company to ensure that the job is done effectively.

Potential Safety Hazards During Lead Paint Removal

Dealing with the removal of lead paint from a building can be dangerous, and requires specialized knowledge and training.

Health Risks

Accidentally ingesting lead paint chips or even just breathing in lead dust created when removing the paint can lead to symptoms of lead poisoning, including headaches, hearing problems, muscle and joint pain, high blood pressure, trouble with digestion, reproductive problems, and loss of memory and concentration. Long term exposure can lead to damage to the brain and nervous system, reduction in I.Q. levels, learning disorders, behavioral problems, and slowed growth, especially in children. Our trained experts can help to safely remove lead paint from your home or business.

The Law

The RCRA, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, outlines the framework for solid waste management, including hazardous materials, such as lead-based paints. These programs were developed by the EPA. The EPA provides training and certified renovator credentials to individuals and businesses who have completed their safety program. We are a lead-safe certified firm.

OSHA mandates that safe working conditions and techniques are used to protect the health of workers in areas where they may be exposed to lead. They can recommend processes that cause less dust to be aroused, such as vacuum blast cleaning, wet abrasive blast cleaning, shrouded power tool cleaning, or chemical stripping to substitute for open abrasive blast cleaning. Other techniques include isolation, where a sealed containment structure is erected to protect the workers and the environment, and ventilation, which is useful for larger areas that are difficult to isolate.

Removing lead paint is best left to the experts. Please contact us for more information.

risk assessment 400 clr 5472When you buy a home, you expect it to provide you with safety, security, and comfort, which is unfortunately not the case for homes containing lead. If you own a home constructed before 1978, there is a high likelihood that your home may contain lead paint, which can prove hazardous to your health. Nearly forty years after the ban on lead-based paint use, the problem remains. Fortunately, ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® serves as part of a well-planned program. When sealing & painting over lead paint becomes a necessity, our product will treat paint containing lead when applications remain on walls. If removing paint from those walls is necessary, lead dust is effectively rendered as non-hazardous and safe for removal.

Dangers of Lead Paint

Healthy Homes estimates that between 25% and 40% of homes throughout the U.S. still contain lead based paint. In other words, there are thousands, perhaps even millions of families at risk of health concerns related to lead paint.

Both adults and children are at risk of experiencing serious symptoms associated with lead paint exposure. Small children may become exposed if they happen to ingest cracked or peeling chips of paint containing lead. They may also be tempted to chew on surfaces containing lead paint, such as window sills. In addition, both children and adults can experience exposure since lead paint creates a talc-like powdery substance as it deteriorates, which puts you at risk of inhalation.

Exposure to lead, whether through the ingestion or inhalation of lead paint or lead dust, can cause a number of symptoms. Symptoms in adults typically include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Memory loss
  • Changes in mood
  • Decreased mental functioning
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Low sperm count
  • Miscarriage

Children experience different symptoms, which include:

  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased weight
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental delays
  • Hearing loss

Attempting to remove lead paint on your own can exacerbate these issues. The good news is, home owners and residential contractors alike can manage lead paint removal with our NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula which is Now Lower Cost, Easier-to-Use and Even Safer.

Legal Overview

Our company operates in conjunction with the legalities set forth by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, in terms of the safe and secure removal of hazardous materials such as lead paint. In addition, we adhere to the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, or RRP Rule.

For that reason, we ensure that all of our employees are properly trained and certified for both residential and industrial lead paint removal. We operate in accordance with the mandates developed by OSHA in order to maintain the health and safety of workers who are at risk of lead exposure.

Considering the dangers involved with lead paint removal, it is in your best interest to contact us so we can send our professionals in to handle it as quickly as possible.

construction paint 400 clr 16812Up until 1978, an unfriendly little additive was included in the paint that adorned many American homes. This additive was included in paint for several reasons. Back in the day, paint manufacturers included various compounds of this substance in their paint to help achieve a desired hue or alter the perceived brightness of a particular pigment. They also included this substance because it increased the paints durability, while at the same time, decreased drying time. This additive also caused the paint to be more water-resistant, making it ideal for use on dishes and children's toys. In spite of all these benefits, this little additive posed a big problem. The additive we are referring to is, of course, lead. As long as lead stays in the paint itself, this heavy metal that also occurs naturally on an elemental level in the environment, would pose little risk to homeowners.

The problem with lead-based paint that was used in many homes prior to 1978 is two-fold. First, as lead-based paint deteriorates over time, tiny particles of dust can become airborne. These particles of dust may be either breathed in or ingested through normal daily activities. Second, when a home that was painted with a lead-based paint undergoes remodeling or renovation, construction dust can become more than just a nuisance to homeowners; it can become a danger. Lead is dangerous to all humans and animals, but presents a particular problem to young children whose nervous systems are still developing. Exposure to lead dust can cause a low IQ, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities. In adults, exposure can cause high blood pressure, hypertension, and confusion. Because of the danger that lead-based paint presents to the American people, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in residential construction in 1978. If you are planning a renovation, and your home was built prior to that year, it is quite possible that the paint on the walls of your home contains lead, and your family is at risk for lead dust exposure. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of all those who live in your home.

If you are a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your renters. This means that if you are planning a renovation, it is your responsibility to hire a contractor who is well versed in lead-safe construction practices. These practices include, but are not limited to:

  • properly preparing the area in which renovation is to occur. Furniture and personal items may need to be removed from the area. Large pieces of furniture that cannot be removed and safely stored elsewhere may need to be covered.
  • cordoning off areas in which the work is to be done. This will prevent any lead dust from being released into the residence, and is generally done by hanging plastic sheeting in doorways. If work on a home's exterior is to be performed, plastic sheeting and scaffolding systems can be set up to prevent an abundance of lead dust from being released into the general environment.
  • turning off ventilating fans, or forced heating and air conditioning systems to prevent any dust from contaminating the rest of your home through its ventilation system.

This may also mean that you and other occupants of your home will need to stay out of the work area until all renovations are complete, and workers have properly cleaned exposed surfaces. For the duration of your renovation, you may need to make other arrangements for the use of kitchen and bathroom facilities. Of course, there is no way to completely contain all the dust that is stirred up during home remodeling, however, working with an experienced, professional contractor can help protect your loved ones from the ill effects of any lead dust that is stirred up during the remodeling process. To learn more about the EPA recommendations that an experienced contractor should follow when renovating your home, check out this article. Learn how ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment Download free Industry Report: Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it!