There are many ways to deal with lead paint in the home. As a homeowner, however, you must take time to research and be aware that some methods can actually increase the risk of lead exposure for yourself, your family, and even your pets. Carefully consider your options when it comes to lead paint removal and aim for the option that minimizes the risk of exposure by as much as possible.
Your first option is good old fashioned removal of the paint by hand. This option may seem like a winner at first, but then one should consider the hidden cost involved. To make removal of lead paint via sanding feasible, one would have to purchase safety equipment such as disposable suits, hair and shoe coverings, eye protection, a HEPA vacuum, gloves, sheets of plastic to cover surfaces, and NIOSH or MSHA approved respirators. Plus tape and framework if one intends to section off entire rooms at a time. Even with all of these protective measures, the risk of exposure to lead dust is still high.
Removal and Replacement
Another option for eliminating lead paint is the total removal of the pieces from the home. Things such as window fixtures, door frames, baseboards, trim, and even entire walls may be removed from the home and taken off site then replaced with new pieces. However, this method will also require many of the protective items from the first method. Though removal won't generate quite as much lead dust as the first method, dust will still be present and will require containment and removal from the home.
And finally, encapsulating is the third option when it comes to dealing with lead paint. Some think that simply covering the lead paint with wallpaper or similar covering will be enough to eliminate the risks. However, this is not so unless you opt for ECOBOND®. Other paints simply cover the lead, but ECOBOND® goes a step further to penetrate into the lead paint and neutralize it from within. Not only will ECOBOND® effectively cover and reduce the risk of lead dust and particles by 99%, it also reduces the hazard of lead poisoning by 95%! This means that even if you decide to remove the paint after sealing it with ECOBOND®, the risk of lead exposure will be drastically reduced.
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ECOBOND®: the best of the lead paint removal products!
You're a homeowner about to rent your property, and you discover -- much to your horror -- that your home tested positive for lead paint. In this blog, we will go over the importance of removing lead paint from your home, and discuss why ECOBOND® is the best of the available lead paint removal products.
Why Do You Need to Remove Lead Paint?
Here's a list of reasons why you must remove lead paint from your home:
- Lead paint located on egresses (doors and windows) will erode over time, and cause a toxic environment.
- Lead paint that is chipping is already releasing toxic fumes into the air.
- If you are renting to a family with children, it is especially important to remove lead paint, because the toxicity factor is doubly felt by young children. Lead paint that chips and lands onto children's toys (which can then be put into their mouths) are especially dangerous.
Why you should hire a professional to remove lead paint...and why you should ask that they use ECOBOND®!
- Removing lead paint is not something that should be done by anyone but a professional -- a professional is trained to handle lead remediation without causing air toxicity.
- ECOBOND® products have been tested, using EPA methods, and has been definitively shown as effective at treating and remediating lead. In fact, the ECOBOND® family of products have been extensively used throughout the US and internationally in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material.