Thursday, 30 July 2015

High Cost of Fines and How to Avoid Lead Paint Penalties

wall of caution tapeA man by the name of Terrance Smith Jr. sued for being exposed to lead-based paint in a home where he grew up in Baltimore. The court awarded him $9.3 million dollars; most of the money included uneconomical damages. His level was 10, which was the level at which CDC considered “level of concern” and unable to finish eighth grade because of exposure to lead-based paint as a child. If you're a contractor, homeowner, or home inspector, don't let this happen to you. There are simple ways to learn how to remove lead paint.

The answer to a common issue in older homes with lead-based paint, when you seal the lead-based paint on walls tests show that it does the following:

  • reduce lead hazards
  • reduce airborne lead by up to 99%
  • reduces body's ability to absorb lead by up to 75%

When tested, you can find that it meets and exceeds requirements by the CDC and home-inspectors. No one wants to have lead-based paint in their homes. The CDC reported that over 4 million households have children being exposed to high levels of lead. The CDC recommends action to be taken when a child ages 1 to 5 has a blood lead level above 5.

The Environmental Protection Agency has settled with a Garden Home Management for failure to comply with lead disclosure requirements and the property management was fined $55,000. Landlords and property managers have to disclose properties with lead-based paint and have to comply with the EPA rules. Failure to do so could lead to tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

If you are dealing with older homes or lead-based homes, save yourself the hassle and use ECOBOND®– an eco-friendly lead, fire, and mold resistant paint that you can use indoors and outdoors.

Say Goodbye to Traditional Methods Of Lead Dust Containment

Keeping lead dust contained during demolition or renovation is a big deal. Although most modern homes have nothing to fear from lead based paint, homes built before 1978 are at risk for having lead paint either on the interior or exterior. Any disturbance of this years old lead coating can generate dangerous amounts of lead paint dust and contaminate the entire home.

So, what's the big deal with lead paint dust? It's just dust, right? Not exactly. Responsible for causing a host of reproductive, neurological, and respiratory diseases and conditions, lead paint dust is nothing to be trifled with. In fact, lead dust can have devastating effects on adults, children, and even family pets.

It's for these reasons that when a home painted with lead paint needed renovations, extreme measures were put in place to obstruct the spread of lead dust. These measures included walling off entire areas of the home, using negative air machines to contain particulates, and covering every high risk surface with plastic. Workers would wear self-contained suits and respirators when entering the construction areas. Not only were these methods costly but they also greatly slowed the entire renovation process.

Today, however, these measures can be a thing of the past with ECOBOND®. Previously, these measures were used to capture and contain the dangerous lead dust, but ECOBOND® treats and eliminates the threat at the source. When applied over the lead based paint, ECOBOND® not only successfully contains the dust but also penetrates into the harmful paint below to neutralize the lead. In two independent laboratory studies ECOBOND® was shown to reduce the hazard of lead poisoning by 95% and stop the occurrence of lead dust by 99%!

And the benefits of ECOBOND® don't stop there. It's also;

  • Fire Retardant
  • Mold and Mildew Resistant
  • Easy To Apply
  • Tintable
  • Low-Cost
  • Pre-Textured

If you use ECOBOND®, traditional methods of containing the dangerous lead dust particles will be a thing of the past. Of course, it is still recommended to abide by basic lead containment procedures if doing a large project, but the threat will be almost non-existent.

If you would like to know more about lead dust containment and other lead paint topics, we invite you to contact us with any questions or comments.

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