Thursday, 25 June 2015

Little Known Lead Paint Removal Technology is Solving Lead Concerns

ECOBOND® LBP prevents lead poisoning within the historic Panama Canal district It is estimated that there are more than 1 million workers in over 100 different occupations that may be exposed to lead poisoning. The devastating effects of lead poisoning including mental impairment, reproductive damage, and even death are well known and preventable. In the US, agencies such as the USEPA, OSHA, NIOSH, and the CDC have launched major campaigns to educate and enforce lead poisoning prevention. This concern is shared internationally as well. This month, a leading Panama environmental consulting and engineering firm, JAP Ingenieros Consultores Asociados (JAP), selected ECOBOND® LBP for assistance on a recent demolition project in Central America. The project is near the historic Panama Canal and because of the presence of lead on various structures, great care needed to be followed in selecting a lead paint treatment product. JAP selected ECOBOND® LBP because it’s ability to seal and treat lead dust and lead in lead paint thereby protecting workers from lead poisoning by sealing the lead dust and reducing airborne lead up to 99%. By also treating the lead, ECOBOND® LBP protected the sensitive environment and rendered lead-impacted demolition waste as non-hazardous for disposal in compliance with canal port authorities. “We are so pleased that the success delivered in the United States with our patented ECOBOND® LBP lead paint removal technology is now being expanded to the global market to eradicate the harmful effects of lead paint hazards” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND® LBP. “Not only does ECOBOND® LBP workers from lead poisoning, but it also contributes to a reduced environmental footprint of lead and lead waste, it is associated with tremendous cost savings, and time management during most lead paint remediation projects.” continued Barthel. ECOBOND® LBP, 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 14 years of proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products has been extensively used throughout the US and internationally in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material. To learn more visit www.ecobondlbp.com

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Save Your Money By Being Your Own Handyman

Working as a team on home improvements is a blast. Make it into a weekend project and work together to get the job done. Consider all the savings you'll make by doing it by yourself. The advice in this piece will help you determine your project and collect everything you need to begin.

If your bed doesn't come with a headboard, or you didn't purchase it with one, you can easily solve your problem. Use an old weathered wooden gate or a lovely iron gate to make a one of a kind headboard. That's something you won't see anywhere else and will not be sold in stores.

A great way to add ambience to a room is by lighting a candle. Candles are a romantic gesture in any setting, but also give off a warm glow providing a room with the feeling of warmth and coziness. If your candle is scented, it also gives off a nice scent in the room while making you feel relaxed.

Use carpet samples to carpet a whole room! Retail stores often throw away their samples. Cut each sample up into smaller pieces and tack or glue them into place for free floor covering. Cut them in identically sized pieces for a tile effect or cut them in irregular geometric shapes for an abstract look.

Don't toss out dirty bedroom doors. Remove doors from their frames and sand them until you can see bare wood. Pick up oil-based paint and apply with a roller. For a brand new feel, opt to change your doorknobs to a fancier design.

A simple way to improve your bathroom is by repainting it. Always use a satin/eggshell or semi-gloss paint, as this is more mold resistant than a flat paint, and can also be wiped down more easily. When choosing a color, take into account the size of the bathroom. If it is very small, then opt for a light color. If the ceiling is of low or average height, then consider painting it a shade lighter than the walls. This will create the illusion that the ceiling is higher.

Hang your pickle jars up by their necks! Well, really by their lids. Jars you would normally discard make great storage containers. To organize them tack the lids in a line under your shelves or cupboards. Fill the jars and screw them in place to make see through storage for small items like screws, pencils, pens, whatever!
Be careful of Lead containing paint
If you are planning a home improvement project that involves turning off the water or removing plumbing fixtures, make alternate arrangements in case things get held up. For example, you don't want your family being stuck without a sink or toilet over the weekend, if the delivery of the new one gets held up.

You should have a plan and be able to do it the right way. It might be a lot of hard work, but when you work with someone else, it'll be even more fun to see the results. You will feel good when you realize how much money you have saved.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Don't Forget Fido & Fluffy; Protect Your Pets From Lead Paint Proximity Contamination

Don't Forget Fido & Fluffy; Protect Your Pets From Lead Paint Proximity Contamination When handling a lead paint problem in your home or yard, it's expected to form a plan of action with the well-being of yourself and your family in mind. However, many people often forget to consider the comfort and safety of their four legged family members. Many people aren't aware, but dogs and cats alike can suffer from lead poisoning. The poisoning can come from both long-term exposure and immediate exposure to concentrated amounts of lead. The symptoms for both dogs and cats are much the same, and include;
  • Blindness
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Lethargy
  • Anxiety
  • Poor Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Muscle Weakness
While you figure the old porch out back which was built and painted with lead white back in '68 isn't a huge threat to your family, it could very well pose a large threat to your pets. Every time someone or something walks on, brushes against, or generally comes in contact with the lead paint surface it generates tiny particles of lead paint dust. This dust can then hitch a ride on a light breeze and find their way into your pet's food and water dishes. This process is known as proximity contamination. By now, your entire yard may be contaminated with lead. How many times a day does Fido or Fluffy go out into the yard? How much lead are they being exposed to through paw to soil contact, or ingestion? Plus, larger lead paint chips may be eaten by the pet because of their sweet smell and taste. Don't put your family or your pets at risk. Even though that old shed, porch, or room in your home may not seem threatening, it may contain enough lead to thoroughly contaminate your entire home and yard. So, what can you do to properly treat and seal away the dangerous lead? Use ECOBOND® of course! ECOBOND® is a blend of our patented lead-neutralizing formula, paint softeners and penetrants mixed with top-quality acrylic latex paint. ECOBOND® is the only product of its kind which both seals and treats lead paint, reducing the hazards of lead poisoning by up to 95%. Additionally, ECOBOND® is;
  • Mold And Mildew Resistant
  • Flame Resistant
  • Low Cost
  • Suitable For Interior And Exterior Use
  • Guaranteed For Maximum Adherence To Over 1,000 Surfaces
  • Readily Tintable
  • Pre-Texturized
So now you may be thinking, "If it does all of that, it must be difficult to apply or require a team for installation." Not at all! ECOBOND® goes on just like regular paint with a brush, a roller, or a spraying system….and it cleans up easily with just water. ECOBOND® lets homeowners take a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® approach to treating the lead paint in and around their homes. Plus, if you do decide in the future to remove the paint entirely, ECOBOND® will have vastly improved the safety of the workers and your family by almost eliminating the hazard within the lead paint. If you would like to know more about the dangers of proximity contamination via lead paint, we invite you to visit our webpage.

You may also contact us directly with questions you may not have found answers to on our webpage. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

How to Tell If Your House May Have Lead-Containing Paint

paint can drippingLead-containing paint, or lead-based paint as it's more commonly known, can pose some serious health risks to you and your family. Here are some common ways to find out if your home has lead-based paint.Houses that were built before 1978 have a high chance of containing lead-based paint. That's because it wasn't until 1978 that the federal government banned their use. The older your home is, the higher the chance that it contains lead paint. Depending on how old the plumbing is in your home it can also contain lead. Before 1986 lead pipes and soldering were commonly used in plumbing. The lead can leach into your water from these pipes.So if you have an older home, you need to be sure to test it. (older furniture can also have lead-containing paint on it). We are an approved vendor with Home Depot and they have some good lead paint test kitson their website that we recommend.If you suspect that your home may have lead-containing, paint, be sure to hire an expert to do a risk assessment, which should tell you if there is a serious threat of lead exposure and what steps you can take to remedy it. If you are thinking of purchasing, signing a lease to, or renovating an older home, you can have a paint inspection done. You can also have your water tested if you are worried about the plumbing. fix it calculations
New homeowners shouldn't have to worry about lead contaminated paint, but low-level lead contamination still occurs throughout the US and worldwide. Lead-level analysis on paint, wood varnish, and other sealants is an invaluable way to prevent blood contamination of adults and children. As of 2013, nearly 4 million households are exposing children to dangerous levels of lead, and this is preventable.It can be found under newer paint, and when it begins to chip and crack then the dust from the lead paint begin to get onto your surfaces. It's also possible to track the lead dust into your home from outside if the exterior was painted with a lead paint. One of the ways to protect yourself, according to theEPA, is to make sure that your paint is in good condition.Lead's leaching ability is measured through an analysis called Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure, or TCLP. While ECOBOND® cannot eliminate all traces of lead from lead containing paint, we can reduce its mobility, preventing possible lead poisoning through touch and other agents.If you are worried about the state of the paint in your home, ECOBOND® is a great solution.
It can be used to repaint the interior and exterior of a home, and is even used in commercial, industrial and governmental use.
ECOBOND® 's methods of reducing lead content is an EPA approved testing method designed according to environmental standards.If you're looking for a way to reduce the short-term hazards of lead contamination, feel free to contact us today.