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Children high fiveIn 2015, Flint Michigan hit the media headlines across the nation, begging the world to notice and take action on behalf of the city's children who were being poisoned by high levels of lead in the water. With no intent to diminish the severity of danger in Flint, it is only fair to mention the widespread conditions of lead toxicity that hundreds and thousands are facing throughout the United States.

It's Not Time to Ignore the Danger

In the 1970s, manufacturers began dropping the use of lead in paint and gasoline; this resulted in a 90% decrease of lead poisoning across the nation; but according to an article on Public Radio International, children from over 3,800 neighborhoods in the United States still have blood lead levels that double those of the children in Flint; another article claims that around a third of these neighborhoods even produced blood lead levels as much as 4 times higher!

Many of these neighborhoods are historic areas that date back to the years when lead paint and plumbing was standard. Often in attempt to preserve historic accuracy, well-meaning parents retain original wallpaper, paint, or appliances that put their children at serious risks; steps are only taken to remedy the problem when the children are admitted into the hospital and lead poisoning is exposed.

Unlike Flint, most of these communities remain unnoticed by the media and are far less likely to receive funding to make the necessary changes in regard to lead safety. Nevertheless, it is time for home and business owners to take the dangers of lead poisoning seriously and be responsible for their part in restoring a safe environment for society, especially for the children.

Lead Paint Continues to Present a Danger to Families

Lead paint remains a potential danger for renters and homeowners whose houses were built before 1978. Although the federal government banned consumer usage of lead paint forty years ago, many old houses and housing communities continue to be at risk today. Low-income areas are particularly high-risk, as poor maintenance or improper care when remodeling can result in dangerous levels of lead exposure.

Lead poisoning is dangerous for people of all ages, but it is especially risky for children. People who have or are looking to start families should be especially wary of the dangers posed by lead poisoning. Chips and dust from lead paint are among the leading causes of lead poisoning in children. According to Michael Pell, a member of the Reuters team who researched US-based lead poisoning in 2016, there is no safe amount of lead in a child's blood system. Lead poisoning is especially dangerous for children under the age of six. It can cause damage to a child's hearing, kidneys, muscles, bones, and nervous system; it can also be a source of learning disabilities, speech and language difficulties, and behavioral problems.

There are a number of things people can do to ensure their household is protected from paint-based lead poisoning. Home tests can check for the presence of lead. If you do have lead paint in your house, keep painted surfaces well-maintained to avoid hazards such as chipping or paint dust. You can paint over it, if you're careful not to disturb the paint with sanding or scraping. If your house requires repairs or renovations, it is best to hire EPA- or state-approved contractors who are certified lead-safe. It is not recommended that homeowners remove lead paint themselves, as they may inadvertently expose themselves--or their children--to the very thing they are trying to avoid.

Why Are Children More at Risk?

Small children are more likely to suffer from lead poisoning due to their tendency to put things in their mouths such as chipped paint, or contaminated soil. Infants and toddlers are at crucial developmental stages as well, and neural growth can be negatively affected by lead in the blood. 

Lead poisoning must be avoided at any stage of life, and we must be diligent in continually raising awareness of the sources of lead on the home-front until every child in America is safe from its threat.

How Exactly Children Are Exposed to Lead Based Paint

Many think lead-based paint is only harmful to young children, but its exposure is dangerous at all ages. It is important to know that lead exposure has much higher consequences in children though because they are still developing. While parents, landlords, homeowners, public buildings, schools, and more have all taken efforts to reduce or eliminate lead exposure, it still presents a serious issue today.

Paint dust or paint chips can enter through ingestion or inhalation. This happens when painted surfaces become disturbed, which can occur through day to day activity. Paint dust settles into floors and various surfaces. Paint ultimately chips off walls and becomes part of the house dust. This can contaminate the dust a house accumulates which can then be inhaled. It can also enter through typical hand to mouth activity. Children have a greater exposure to lead in these situations due to their natural habits of putting toys, pacifiers, and other objects in their mouths.

The best course of action to prevent lead exposure in the environment is elimination. Therefore the removal of lead paint has to be through a professional and done properly. A professional can care for the issue in a safe and effective manner, keeping anyone who may be exposed healthy and happy.

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Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! In our Lead Defender formula, Bitrex® 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.

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When parents think of lead poisoning, they instantly think of paint chips from lead-based paints. The truth is lead poisoning can also potentially come from lead dust, which can result from renovations. This can easily occur when lead-based paints are chipped, heated or sanded.

Lead dust can affect people from all backgrounds and income levels and according to the EPA, chances are if you live in a home built prior to 1978 you are at a higher risk due to previous years of lead-based paint products that may start to deteriorate which can create lead-contaminated dust….and think of this: typically, it’s the older homes that are the ones renovated the most.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, no safe lead blood level has been defined. The CDC, however, defines "lead poisoning" in children as a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL).  To put this into perspective a grain of sand is roughly 25 micrograms. 

Lead dust can occur in common areas such as: doors, window sills, walls, and porches. These areas need to be handled with extreme care as dusting and vacuuming only circulate the lead dust into the air.

Preventing lead dust during renovations can be achieved by creating barriers from the main living area and wet cleaning the areas once renovations have been done.  Covering holes with contact paper until properly fixed is another technique to reduce lead dust. Disposable respirators rated for dust particles should also be used. If you are living in your home during renovations, it is important to wash hands, toys, or anything else that will come into contact with the mouth as lead dust can settle on many objects. 

Lead Dust and Dangers During Residential Renovations



Ensure precautions are being taken for proper ventilation, but opening windows can cause lead dust to settle into the soil outside. When kids play in the yard, they can be exposed to lead dust.

You must consider the critical nature of fully protecting your family from lead and lead dust. Risk assessment and qualified technicians are better suited for jobs where lead-based items are present and the EPA has a guide to help you: Locate Certified Renovation and Lead Dust Sampling Technician Firms. Additionally, we wrote an article focusing on Addressing Childhood Lead Exposure which includes research and statistics on widespread cases of childhood lead poisoning which will be helpful for you to read as well.

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Military Housing Lead Poisoning Prevention

In our recent Press Release, it was reported that in a recent article in Reuters, it was reported that “Privatizing U.S. military housing was supposed to protect service members’ families. Unfortunately, instead, some of their children are being poisoned by lead. A Reuters investigation unearths dangers in base homes, lapses in military oversight. 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. “

Business Insider reported on August 24, 2018 that "Eight US senators are pushing for a federal review of the military's plans to protect children from exposure to lead, citing a Reuters report on lead poisoning in military housing. In an amendment filed this week to a defense funding bill, the senators, including senior members of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, are asking the Government Accountability Office to examine the military's handling of lead poisoning risks nationwide. Most military family housing has been privatized and is operated by corporations in partnership with the branches of the armed services."


ECOBOND® Paint LLC is leading an initiative to increase awareness of this issue and help protect military families and children negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint. Outreach efforts have been initiated with the leading private military housing management companies to offer banding together to solve the pressing problem of lead paint poisoning in military housing. These Protection Partners will be taking an active role in eradicating the danger of potential lead poisoning threats in military housing.

James M. Barthel, creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “We are highly concerned about this nationwide problem of lead paint in military housing. We are pleased to be at the forefront of the battle against lead poisoning with caring Protection Partners that are the leaders in real estate and property management for military housing. 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. This will be accomplished with our patented lead paint treatment, ECOBOND® Lead Defender®.”


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When was the last time you thought about lead paint? Chances are good that you think of it the same way you do asbestos; the product of another time, when we didn't know any better. It isn't a problem for us today the way it was way back in... 1978?

For a lot of us, the ban on lead paint seems like a relic, but it isn't all that far back in real time. Not only that, but a lot of tend to forget just how widespread the use of lead paint was before the ban. This problem lingers all over the country in older houses, apartment complexes, and in all kinds of buildings. The problem is that it's easy to say lead paint is bad, and that it should be removed, but many don’t take time to count the cost which can cost a lot of money.

How Much Can It Cost?


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According to The Telegraph in Nashua, that is the size of the bill the government is dealing with in combating the lingering threat of lead paint. It's taken $3.4 million from a clean-up grant given in 2014 to take care of 204 housing units. The job is far from done, too, which is why an additional $2.9 million was given to them in 2018.

Why does it cost so much? Well, because you can't just scrape, blast, and power sand off lead paint the way you could normal paint. That just fills the air with lead dust, allowing it to potentially cause irreparable damage. It also spreads out the impact of the lead, meaning that without proper precaution it could affect not just the workers and residents of the home but the neighbors & community as well.

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® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. Our ECOBOND® Lead Defender® is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment. Using the example above, our lead paint treatment solution comes in at .25/sq. ft or about $300-$500 for the same 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house!

Cleaning up lead paint requires professional workers, and proper precautions. It's a hazardous substance that must be controlled while it's being removed, and that takes time, equipment, hard work, and a surprisingly large amount of money. But if the problem isn't solved, then it's just being kicked down the road until clean-up is no longer a choice.

The removal of lead paint is easier said than done. In other words, safely removing old layers of hazardous paint requires workers who have:

There are many contractors who are certified in the removal of toxic materials, yet their services are usually more expensive due to the extra measures they go through in training, fees that they must pay to the EPA, and the strict regulations that they must continually adhere to. This fact, coupled with the reality that the residents of old homes with lead paint are often low-income families, results in the perpetual neglect of necessary renovations.

Authorities Step in to Help

In some cases, like in the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, community development committees have stepped in to assist low-income families in the safe removal of lead paint. But it doesn't come without a hefty price; Nashua's community development director has received over 6 million dollars in grants to complete the extensive project! 

These efforts include the renovation of pre-1978 apartment buildings and childcare facilities where lead paint is affecting the health and wellbeing of children and families. City officials are biting the bullet to financially assist low-income residents, knowing that it will improve the quality of life of thousands of people.

A Safer World

Every day we get a few steps closer to the removal of toxic paint all across the nation. And even though it's a slow, grueling, and costly endeavor, it is a necessary goal that must be reached on behalf of our future generations.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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