Lead Paint Removal
In 1996, as a part of the Toxic Substance Control Act*, the EPA enacted laws to prevent exposure to lead-based paints, because of the health hazards, especially among children. There is a simple test that can be done to determine if you have lead in your paint. If lead is detected, the real work begins! Lead paint removal should be left to the experts because there are steps that must be taken to protect people from exposure. All City Painting is certified in lead paint removal and our staff are trained to remove lead paint safely and effectively.
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How Much Does Lead Paint Abatement Cost?
The EPA states that the professional removal of lead-based paint should cost between $8 and $15 per square foot. This equates to approximately $10,000 for a typical home. If lead paint has been found in your home, the price to remove it, especially if you see any chipping or bubbling is far less than the ramifications if your children are exposed to the toxins. Call All City Painting today for fair pricing on lead paint removal.
How Is Lead Paint Removed from Buildings?
There are a few methods used to remove lead paint. The most affordable method involves coating, rather than completely removing the paint. This process, known as encapsulation, involves the application of a coating that creates a watertight seal over the lead-based paint. This protective coating keeps the paint from peeling and chipping, to minimize surface contact with it.
People on a tight budget may wish to simply cover the lead paint with wallpaper to new drywall. They may cover window sills and trim with aluminum or vinyl. This is a temporary fix, as the lead paint will be exposed once again when these coverings are removed. In addition, resale of your home may be difficult if you have not properly addressed lead paint.
Total Removal is the most complete (and the most expensive, short of removing walls and doors and replacing with new products) method to eradicate lead paint. A contractor certified in lead paint removal will scrape the lead paint with liquid paint removers. They may choose to sand the surface using a wet sanding method and then vacuum the particles using a HEPA vacuum.
In the Meantime,…
If you are aware that you have lead-based paint inside or outside of your home, and you’ve got children living in the home. There are steps that should be taken immediately while you await the removal of the paint.
- Paint chips should be removed quickly when seen
- Clean your floors on a regular basis to remove any paint residue
- Make sure children wash their hands frequently, and always before a meal
- If you have a “gnawer”, plastic corner pieces can be added to window sills
- Remove shoes at the door upon entering the home
- Call All City Painting for lead paint removal at (310) 504-2170
*For more information on the Toxic Substance Control Act, see this https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-1996-08-29/pdf/96-21954.pdf.