Friday, 4 December 2015

Lead Based Paint- a Forgotten Danger

Lead paint removalTalk of lead paint and its poisoning effects are often brushed aside. It has become folklore. Any corrective response becomes an involuntary reaction to a seriousness diluted with little known facts and unrealized consequences.

There is still cause for concern.

Survey results show that 37.1 million homes contain lead paint on its premises. Of those homes, 23.2 million contain serious hazards posed from lead-based paint applications.

As the 20th Century progressed, awareness and concern grew from the potential dangers of lead paint. Local authorities took it upon themselves to limit or completely prohibit the use of lead-based paint by mid-century. It was not until the 1970's that an understanding of the dangerous effects of lead paint exposure would begin. Only then would a 1978 Federal ban of the product be implemented.

Former Department of Health official, Dr. Jane Lin-Fu, would shed light on the seriousness of human exposure to structures filled with lead paint. Her research and study of the effects of lead poisoning, predominantly in children, would awaken the United States to the overwhelming severity of this problem. Dr. Lin-Fu would not only show lead paint as a continued and existing problem, one with great potential hazard, but also that lead poisoning was preventable with a "well-planned program."

Nearly forty years after the ban on lead-based paint use, the problem remains. Fortunately, ECOBOND® serves as part of a well-planned program. When sealing & painting over lead paint becomes a necessity, our product will treat paint containing lead when applications remain on walls. If removing paint from those walls is necessary, lead dust is effectively rendered as non-hazardous and safe for removal.

Don't get lost in the distance between history and facts. Contact us for more information about ECOBOND® and how it can take the worry out of the unknown.

Lead Paint Removal Products That Provide Long-Term Solutions

Discerning among various lead paint removal products is more complicated that many people realize.

According to HUD: "Abatement is removal of either the building component or the paint itself or the near-permanent enclosure of lead-based paint hazards. ... Abatement treatments provide a higher margin of safety than interim controls since the effectiveness of the work is less dependent on resident action, maintenance of housing stock, the conscientiousness of property manager, and the attention of maintenance workers during repair. ...

...In contrast to interim controls, lead-based paint abatement refers to a group of measures that can be expected to eliminate or reduce exposures to lead hazards for at least 20 years under normal circumstances."

What's Considered a "Long Term Solution" To Lead Paint Hazards?

Lead-Based Paint Treatment

The reason HUD uses 20 years as a general rule is because the life expectancy of most (replaceable) building materials is about 20 years. While removal is a permanent solution, the act of removing the components - such as walls or wood - will create considerable new hazards. While it's possible to handle smaller lead paint hazards on a DIY basis, most health and housing experts recommend hiring contractors who have experience or specialize in lead paint removal projects.

In some cases, enclosing certain structures makes sense, but like removal, enclosing simply won't work in all cases.

Lead Paint Removal Options and the Case for Healthy Homes

The 2014 Healthy Homes Conference, sponsored by HGTV and the DIY network and in cooperation with HUD, Rebuilding Together, and the National Environmental Health Association, featured a broad overview of lead paint removal methods.

One misconception that often takes homeowners by surprise: encapsulants are not enough.

Visit the organization's website to review the info or to download the presentation by ECOBOND'S James Barthel to learn more and to see a comparison of various solutions.

If you are preparing to tackle a lead paint remediation project, contact us with your questions. We're here to help!

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