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Acid Rain Lead Paint iStock 836346360According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), acid rain is "any form of precipitation with acidic components, such as sulfuric or nitric acid that fall to the ground from the atmosphere in wet or dry forms."  That includes rain and snow but also things like fog and even dust. Here are some considerations for Exterior Lead Paint Treatment Related to Acid Rain Deposition and Interior Lead Paint Treatment Related to Mold-Mildew Resistance.

Mold, mildew, algae, and fungus are known as "biological pollutants" because they are living structures that can cause health problems. They are considered "microbiological" because they are tiny. Both mold and mildew are invisible to the naked eye until there is enough growth for them to be seen. Mold spores, which easily grow into mold, float through the air; they are everywhere! Mold spores are also invisible.

Acid rain, sometimes referred to as "acid deposition", can accelerate structural damage such as weathering (damage resulting from exposure to the elements), rust, and surface erosion. This deterioration encourages the growth of mold and mildew because it creates the perfect environment; a moist, protected place for mold spores to land and grow. External damage can also result in leaks. Once spore-laden moisture enters a structure; serious indoor mold problems can develop.

ECOBOND ® products resist acid rain leaching up to 99% - EPA Method 1312

Did you know?  You can have a mold/mildew problem and not see mold. If you have a hidden leak, mold may grow where you cannot see it. Additionally, visible mold is only the tip of the iceberg. Mold structures can grow deep beneath surfaces. This is why drywall is removed during mold clean-up.

Biologic pollutants such as mold can cause significant health issues and major structural problems. Avoiding them is easier and far less costly than cleaning them up. Simply applying protective, resistant coatings before there is an issue can help to prevent both external degradation and internal contamination. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the use of mold inhibitors as a mold-preventive measure.

Resistance can be as easy as a coat of paint! Try ECOBOND® Lead Defender® and Lead Defender Pro®. These coatings are specially formulated to be mold and mildew resistant; and both meet the American Standard for Testing and Materials' global standard ASTM D5590-00.

 

Layer Your Mildew Defense with ECOBOND® Lead Defender® Paint

Lead, although a natural metal, can potentially be toxic. Lead-based paint found in older homes, especially those built before 1978, can potentially be harmful to all ages and even your pets. If you happen to have lead paint in your bathrooms, there are extra considerations to address. Bathrooms are susceptible to mold and mildew. Because of the increased moisture due to multiple points of water, humid air, and the enclosed nature of the space, microorganisms can more easily grow and take root in the crevices and edges of your bathroom. The best way to combat it is by adding mildew-resistant factors throughout the bathroom. Here are two simple ways to bathrooms mildew-free and to optimize air quality:

  1. Paint the bathroom walls with ECOBOND Lead Defender® paint for extra lead and mold/mildew protection. Mold and mildew spores float throughout the air in any given bathroom, looking for the best surfaces to settle and multiply. Using mildew resistant paint that is chemically constructed to include antimicrobial formulas that protect your walls protects the structural integrity of the walls.
  2. Add adequate ventilation. Mold and algae grow wherever there's adequate moisture. Even though your walls are protected with the right mold- and mildew-resistant paint, spores might settle in tile grout, along metal fixtures, and in the air. Add a bathroom fan or exterior window to keep humid conditions at bay.
  3. Use low-VOC paints and stains for all of your surfaces. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are dangerous ingredients or by-products of many coating materials, and they can make the air toxic during the application process and sometimes for the life of the product. Using water-based products or paints that guarantee no added VOCs keeps the air quality higher and occupants healthier.

Every layer of defense you can add to your bathrooms impacted by lead paint to keep mold, mildew, and algae out results in better air quality and stronger, longer-lasting renovations. Painting your walls with paints rated for safety is one of the best layers for stopping growth and protecting the majority of your bathroom from toxins.

ECOBOND® products resist mold and mildew – (ASTM D5590-00 modified)

 

Acid Rain Attacks Fire-Retardant Coatings

Acid rain is a common problem in industrial areas and is one that can seriously damage your fire-retardant coatings. While the damage may seem slight or even minimal at first, it can add up to become very concerning over a short period. Even worse, it can increase your fire risk and make it more likely that serious lead paint poisoning could occur.

This Can Leave Lead Paint Exposed

When your fire-retardant materials wear away, your lead paint will be exposed to the environment. This is a serious danger because it could allow lead paint to spread to water sources. Even worse, it could cause poisonous smoke if your facility ever catches fire. While that risk may seem low, you are going to be looking at a serious problem if your unprotected facility goes up in flames.

Destruction by fire holds a universal horror for us all.  The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) have both established specific standards so companies that produce materials for use within and on the outside construction of homes, businesses, stadiums, public buildings, etc., as well as materials that are worn on the body, are fire-retardant and/or fire-resistant.  When a fire flares, the standards used in manufacturing the coatings in these products should delay the spread of the fire as well as well as limit the amount of smoke that is produced.

With acid rain being a real and present danger to the integrity of building materials, paint, and coatings, it's important to utilize only products that meet the stringent standards of the ASTM E84--products that earn the highest ASTM rating of "0" for surface flame spread and smoke density measurements.

When dealing with the possibility of loss of life and inestimable damage resulting from fire, make sure you use only the highest rated fire-retardant coating products and paints and follow recommended maintenance suggestions to insure the best protection for your loved ones and your property in the event of a fire. 

Mitigating This Danger

Protecting with ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® or Lead Defender® Pro is an essential way of avoiding this kind of acid rain damage. These products have been reported as "groundbreaking" methods for protecting the environment from lead paint and avoiding fire damage. They have the highest possible ASTM E84 ratings, as they have a risk of almost zero for both flame-spread and smoke developed during a lead paint fire.

ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Environmental Paints! Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! www.EcobondPaint.com

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military family iStock 691609172In a recent article in Reuters, it was reported that “Privatizing U.S. military housing was supposed to protect service members’ families. Instead, some of their children are being poisoned by lead. A Reuters investigation unearths dangers in base homes, lapses in military oversight, and a code of silence keeping families at risk. After his son was poisoned, a decorated colonel pushed the Army to ensure other children were not harmed in military housing.”

The article continued to say that after Army Colonel J. Cale Brown’s son was diagnosed with lead poisoning, contractors ordered their home they rented to be tested for lead. The results: “At least 113 spots in the home had lead paint, including several peeling or crumbling patches, requiring $26,150 in lead abatement. Villages of Benning moved the Browns into another old house.”

James M. Barthel, creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “our hearts are burdened when we hear about cases like this. All human life is important, but it feels so much more alarming when children are involved because as a father and grandfather, I can only imagine what these parents are going through.”

“Our Lead Defender formula includes Bitrex®, a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact which creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.” Barthel continued.

ECOBOND® is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. The patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula is different than encapsulants and abatement because it is a lead-based paint treatment providing an easy and affordable solution to this devastating national health crisis. As reported in the Reuters story, abatement can be extremely expensive. According to the EPA, professional lead-based paint removal for the following three options costs about $8 to $15 per square foot or about $9,600 to $30,000 for a 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house.
ECOBOND® Lead Defender® comes in at .25/sq. ft or about $300-$500 for the same 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house.

Barthel continued, “We want our U.S. Military which exists to serve the American people, and to defend the Nation, to enjoy peace of mind from their family being negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint in their military housing. We are responding to this widespread documented crisis where Reuters reported that private contractors house some 700,000 Americans at more than 100 military installations nationwide, including an estimated 100,000 children ages 0 through 5.
Fort Benning alone is home to some 2,000 small children. Of its 4,001 family homes, 2,274 ‘have lead-based paint present in them,” according to a Villages of Benning memo from November 2017.’”

Barthel announced that, “ECOBOND® Paint, is ready to donate to the U.S. Army a supply of our patented lead paint treatment, ECOBOND® Lead Defender®. We are standing at the ready to come to the rescue of these military families and children negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint.”

 

 

 

 

PR July18 ICHMETThe 19th ICHMET is a continuation of the highly successful conference series that started in 1975 in Toronto, Canada. The 2018 conference will be held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education presenting highly diverse content in research areas ranging from the environmental impact of manufactured nanoparticles to the bioavailability of trace elements and radionuclides in the environment, with more than 225 presentations representing over 20 different countries.

Dr. Basta will be presenting the findings of his lead paint treatment research study on ECOBOND® in a session titled: “Bioaccessibility and Extractability of Ecobond® LBP Lead Defender® Treated Lead Based Paint”

James M. Barthel, Creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “We are tremendously honored to have our lead paint treatment solution selected by Dr. Basta and featured in the 2018 ICHMET Conference.”


In June of 2017, ECOBOND® Paint LLC (ECOBOND®) entered into an agreement with Dr. Nicholas Basta from Ohio State University (OSU) a National Leading expert regarding the dangers of lead in the environment. The purpose for this program was to allow for a rigorous independent University validation of the positive effects of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® (ELD) on lead dust and lead paint hazards found commonly throughout the USA and especially in high Urban population centers. Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) reported: “The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has estimated that, based on 2015 data, lead exposure accounted for 494,550 deaths and loss of 9.3 million Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) due to long-term effects on health.”

Dr. Nicholas Basta is a Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry at OSU. He is author of over 422 career publications; 111 of them in the last five years. He is on the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council and the USDA CSREES Technical Committee. Internationally, he is also part of the Bioavailability Research Group of Europe, the Bioavailability Research Group of Canada, as well as on the International Committee for the International Conference on Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements.

Dr. Basta’s research program is focused on risk-based in-situ remediation of metal contaminated sites and development / application of lab methods to evaluate the ability of soil treatments to reduce exposure (bioavailability, mobility) (for the last 20y). The research program is internationally known for its development and application of inexpensive in vitro gastrointestinal methods that are acceptable to USEPA for evaluating bioavailability (human and eco) in contaminated soil.

Dr. Bastia’s ECOBOND® testing included following EPA test methods for:

  • IVBA – In Vitro bio accessibility. This test is to simulate human ingestion
  • TCLP - Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure. This test is to test for hazardous material
  • SPLP -Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure. This test is to simulate affects from acid rain
  • WEXT – a de-ionized water extraction test (WEXT). This test is to test for effects of water

Conclusion: ECOBOND® Lead Defender® is a highly efficient, cost effective product for significantly reducing lead hazards through treatment as a primer, sealer or topcoat of a leave on application or waste disposal solution. The results of Dr. Bastia’s independent analysis are consistent with other independent studies and with results obtained daily from the over 10,000 customers who purchase and use ECOBOND® on a wide variety of uses everyday across the USA.

Barthel continued, “ECOBOND® is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead and receiving the results from this research study from Ohio State University, validates the effectiveness of our patented a Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment (LCST), ECOBOND® Lead Defender®. This treatment effectively treats, and seals lead contaminated surfaces; thereby mitigating the potential for lead exposure hazards to humans and the environment. The challenge we faced when researching this solution was that a Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment (LCST) must seal lead contamination on surfaces as well as facilitate treatment of the underlying lead.”

ECOBOND® Lead Defender® is that solution. It is a patented technology that integrates a proven state-of-the-art lead complexing treatment to help RRP contractors as well as homeowners needing a proven and reliable lead dust and paint solution.

The formula contains patented lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and softeners designed to penetrate, bond, seal and treat existing lead dust and paint while controlling the spread of airborne lead. This product is resistant to acid rain leaching, has low odor, low VOC, a quick dry resin, has excellent adhesion, a low fire hazard due to its high flame resistant and paint qualities like a high end premium latex paint. It is also mold and mildew resistant and can be tinted in a wide range of colors.

To download the full research report with data, titled: “Bio accessibility and Extractability of Treated Lead Based Paint”, visit http://ecobondlbp.com/studies

About ECOBOND®

ECOBOND® Paint LLC 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® 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.

The ECOBOND® family of products now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! This creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.

 

 

 

daycare protect children from lead paint poisoning iStock 669922316Even though lead-based paint has been banned from production since 1978, and environmental regulations now control its usage in childcare facilities, there continues to arise instances where individuals ignore the warnings. Almost inevitably, these cases confirm the dangers of carelessness in the matter of lead exposure.

According to an article By Kevin Grasha from the Cincinnati Enquirer on April 2018, a judge ordered the immediate shutdown of a small daycare owned by Alexzandria Allen in Avondale, Ohio after multiple inspections and investigations showed a hazardous content of lead in the paint. Not only was there paint lead-based, but it was also cracked and flaking off at levels accessible to the children. Allen operated her daycare out of a three-story apartment building built in 1928, currently owned by a man named Elijah Mohammed Rashaed (a notorious landlord who has reportedly committed at least 15,000 code violations in the last 17 years).

Investigations at the daycare were originally prompted last year when a child was diagnosed with lead poisoning, and the child's home was found to be free of any hazardous lead. Samples of paint dust were then taken from the Allen Daycare where the child was enrolled along with, and lead was found present. Rashaed, the owner of the building, was given an allowance of time to have the paint safely removed but neglected to take the opportunity.

Allen was also charged with the illegal use of marijuana during daycare hours of operation. She denied the charges, but electronic attendance records indicate that there were children present at the time of the drug use. These charges have moved the Ohio Job and Family Services to take steps in revoking her daycare license, and they are preparing to take Allen to court this month.

Lead poisoning is not something that any child should be subjected to, whether it comes through negligence or blatant disregard for safety. Any level of lead in the blood is considered unsafe, and Americans should continue to dispose of outdated lead-based products in a proper way to replace them with new products that will not pose a risk to the health of everyone around.

In our recent blog post titled: “Lead Regulations and Declining Blood Lead Levels in Children,” despite this encouraging progress, elevated lead levels in children is an issue that requires ongoing remediation. Although there is still work to be done, there exists a will to deal with the problem of childhood lead exposure in the United States. Regulations surrounding water testing in schools and day care centers have contributed to identifying areas of concern. Further, it is part of the government's Healthy People 2020 initiative to prevent lead exposure to young children by the year 2020. With continued effort, regulation, remediation, and increased awareness, such a goal will go a long way toward protecting future generations from the dangers of lead.  

ECOBOND® Paint LLC 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® 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.

The ECOBOND® Paint family of products now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! This creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.

ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead.

Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Environmental Paints! Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact!

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Contractor landing page2The removal of old paint can be a hassle, especially when extra caution must be exercised due to the content of lead in most of the paints before 1978; but when the structure that you're performing lead paint removal from happens to be of significant height (such as a water, transmission, or industrial tower), there are a few more considerations to be had. 

 

Preparation and Containment

Before starting the paint removal process, every effort should be taken to protect the surrounding areas from LBP (lead-based paint) particles; this includes the soil. The Governmental Department of Health recommends laying a double layer of 6-mil plastic sheeting beneath work areas to keep contaminants from leaking into or settling on the ground. Consider the height of the structure to help you determine the extent of ground coverage needed; airborne particles should be minimized as much as possible during the removal process, but falling debris is inevitable.

Remove, or thoroughly cover any items near the work area that may lead to oral lead exposure, such as picnic tables where people touch potentially contaminated surfaces and then eat; and make sure that all your coverings are secure enough to withstand any gusts of wind.  

Removal

One of the ways to remove old paint is by dry abrasive blasting, but when lead is involved (especially at a high altitude), this is not recommended. Dry abrasive blasting, grinding and extensive dry scraping and dry sanding is very dangerous, and is even prohibited in some instances because of the dust it creates. Lead-based paint particulate has the potential to drift through the air and be inhaled by workers or other passers-by. When the worksite is near residential zones, schools, or other high-traffic areas, it is all the more important to use a method that produces the least amount of dust possible; this is primarily for the safety of all involved (lead poisoning can cause brain, nerve, and digestive damage), and also for your legal protection. The EPA has been handing out some hefty fines for careless removal of lead paint as recently reported by the EPA about the HGTV show with Magnolia Homes for Alleged Lead Paint Violations During Renovations Depicted on the Fixer Upper Television Show

Although wet blasting methods and gel strippers minimize dust, it creates a lot of debris that is difficult to clean up and dispose of without contaminating the worksite. Liquids can easily seep into the soil and poison water sources despite attempts to protect the area.

Disposal

The final collection of waste and debris must be done in compliance with federal, state, and local laws; and a state certified lead-based paint risk assessor or inspector may need to come inspect the work area to ensure that the soil and nearby water sources have not been negatively affected. The best decision is to make yourself aware of the local regulations before starting the project so that you can conduct the work safely and effectively.

The EPA offers a program (RRP) for those who wish to be officially certified in lead paint removal.

Considering the above-mentioned potential adverse effects, companies dealing with lead paint on high structures should always remain within the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1926.62) which states that the allowed exposure limit is fifty micrograms per cubic meter of air measured as an eight-hour weighted average. The management must also ensure that the workers are using protective gear when there is any possibility that the work may involve exposure to lead dust.

ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Products to Mitigate Lead Dangers to Human Health.

Prior to blasting or scraping, use ECOBOND®. We have a strong emphasis on our TCLP results which is tested using EPA-approved test methods. ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint.