Our team of certified lead abatement supervisors and certified lead abatement specialists have a combined amount of over 20 years of experience. We pride ourselves in result driven solutions for all size projects.
If your home was built before 1978 it may contain lead paint. Homes built before 1950 usually have the highest concentrations of lead paint. Repairing and remodeling painted surfaces in homes built before 1978, if done in an unsafe manner, can be hazardous to children. If lead dust is swallowed or breathed, it can cause lead poisoning, the #1 environmental health problem facing American children today.
Lead poisoning, even at low levels in a child’s body, can cause permanent brain damage and negatively affect children’s behaviors and their ability to learn. Children younger than 6 years of age and pregnant women are at greatest risk. Protect your family or your property by making sure that the lead abatement contractor you choose follows the safe remodeling procedures we follow listed below.
The proper equipment
- Safety glasses and work clothes, gloves, hat and shoes
- Heavy plastic sheets (6 mil thick) and duct tape
- One bucket to wash and one bucket to rinse
- Soap and water
- Spray bottle to mist work surfaces
- Disposable rags or paper towels
- Plastic trash bags (6 mil thick)
- HEPA (HighEfficiency Particulate Air) vacuum or a vacuum with a HEPA filter
- An appropriate respirator
- Scraper, power planer with HEPA attachment, or wet sanding sponge
Interior Home Repair / Remodeling
Before We Start
- Seal off work area with sheets of plastic with tape and designate hazardous work areas with signage.
- Work in one room at a time. Keep all equipment in that room.
- Keep all non lead abatement certified persons out of contained designated area.
- Cover the floor of the work area with heavy plastic.
- Cover heating vents with plastic sheets securely taped in place.
During Our Work
- Mist surfaces before we scrape or sand.
- Water helps keep lead dust from entering the air.
- Do not sandblast or power wash. This makes clouds of lead dust and debris.
- Attach a HEPA (HighEfficiency
- Particulate Air) vacuum to power planers to trap dust.
- Ordinary shop vacs do not filter lead dust.
- Do not use open flames. Use heat guns to remove paint. (Always use a respirator.)
- Do not use paint strippers containing methylene chloride.
- Do not eat, drink, or smoke in the work area while working.
- Avoid tracking dust throughout the house by using a dampened towel or carpet section as a wipeoff mat.
- Clean work area we go.
After We Finish
- Remove plastic sheeting by rolling or folding inward.
- Wrap construction debris with plastic and tape closed.
- Place trash in heavy plastic bags and place in specially marked hazardous waste containers.
- Use a commercial vacuum with HEPA (HighEfficiency Particulate Air) filter to clean up dust and debris.
- Wash floors, walls and other surfaces with soap and water. Rinse thoroughly with clear, clean water.
- Dispose of wash water in a toilet. Never pour wash water on soil or in kitchen or bathroom sink.
Exterior Home Repair / Remodeling
We use the same tools and follow the same safe work methods as for interior home repair and remodeling.
- Perform exterior work in a manner that will prevent leaded waste from coming into contact with the ground or entering the interior of the dwelling.
- Keep all windows and doors of the dwelling closed while work is being done.
- Attach 6 mil plastic to collect waste at the foundation and at the base of the structure being worked on. For 1story buildings, extend plastic at least 6 feet out from walls. Add an additional 6 feet for each story of the structure. In all cases extend plastic adequately to contain all falling debris.
- Carefully remove all plastic sheeting used to protect surfaces by rolling or folding them inward at the end of each workday.
- Dispose of construction trash in 6 mil plastic bags and tape them shut.