Over the years, you may have heard about all the harms that lead can do to your body, which can make finding out that your property contains lead paint difficult news to hear. But, you aren’t alone in this struggle, as lead paint is common in properties built before the late 1970s. Below, our restoration company has outlined everything that you need to know about lead paint removal to help protect your family and your property from this harmful metal.
Our home restoration company, Maven Construction Group, can perform lead abatement services for commercial and residential properties, as well as government facilities and schools. Contact us today to request a quote!
Before learning about lead abatement, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what exactly lead is and how it can be harmful to you and your family. Lead is a heavy metal that is malleable and has a relatively low melting point. Lead has been used in many products, including paint, due to its durability and ability to bring out certain colors. However, lead can leach into water supplies over time via lead-coated water lines, and when ingested, lead acts as a neurotoxin in the human body, which is why it was banned for consumer uses in the late 1970s by the federal government.
Lead abatement is the process of permanently eliminating any lead-based paint hazards from a property and is often required by state or local governments. Any lead paint remediation that needs to take place is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, which requires individuals and firms to be trained and certified by the EPA or an authorized state. When working on pre-1978 target housing and child-occupied facilities, the EPA requires individuals and firms to be certified and follow specific work practices.
While some states will allow you to do the removal yourself, we recommend hiring a certified contractor to perform lead removal, as they can perform these services quickly, efficiently, and safely. Our lead abatement and removal contractors are certified in the latest safety practices and are able to minimize any lead hazards throughout the removal process, while also disposing of any lead-based materials.
There are countless old homes and buildings that may still contain lead paint, but when someone has been exposed to lead, it could lead to lead poisoning. Lead can enter the body by ingesting lead particles that float through the air in an affected structure. Lead poisoning can impact people of all ages and can even be fatal to the elderly, children, or those with compromised immune systems. Lead is stored in the teeth and bones and is distributed to the brain, liver, kidneys, and bones where it acts as a neurotoxin, causing lasting damages to the body.
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