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Hire a Professional with Lead-Safe Construction Experience When Remodeling Your Home to Protect Your Family from the Dangers of Lead Based Paint
Up until 1978, an unfriendly little additive was included in the paint that adorned many American homes. This additive was included in paint for several reasons. Back in the day, paint manufacturers included various compounds of this substance in their paint to help achieve a desired hue or alter the perceived brightness of a particular pigment. They also included this substance because it increased the paints durability, while at the same time, decreased drying time. This additive also caused the paint to be more water-resistant, making it ideal for use on dishes and children's toys. In spite of all these benefits, this little additive posed a big problem. The additive we are referring to is, of course, lead. As long as lead stays in the paint itself, this heavy metal that also occurs naturally on an elemental level in the environment, would pose little risk to homeowners.
The problem with lead-based paint that was used in many homes prior to 1978 is two-fold. First, as lead-based paint deteriorates over time, tiny particles of dust can become airborne. These particles of dust may be either breathed in or ingested through normal daily activities. Second, when a home that was painted with a lead-based paint undergoes remodeling or renovation, construction dust can become more than just a nuisance to homeowners; it can become a danger. Lead is dangerous to all humans and animals, but presents a particular problem to young children whose nervous systems are still developing. Exposure to lead dust can cause a low IQ, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities. In adults, exposure can cause high blood pressure, hypertension, and confusion. Because of the danger that lead-based paint presents to the American people, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in residential construction in 1978. If you are planning a renovation, and your home was built prior to that year, it is quite possible that the paint on the walls of your home contains lead, and your family is at risk for lead dust exposure. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of all those who live in your home.
If you are a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your renters. This means that if you are planning a renovation, it is your responsibility to hire a contractor who is well versed in lead-safe construction practices. These practices include, but are not limited to:
• properly preparing the area in which renovation is to occur. Furniture and personal items may need to be removed from the area. Large pieces of furniture that cannot be removed and safely stored elsewhere may need to be covered.
• cordoning off areas in which the work is to be done. This will prevent any lead dust from being released into the residence, and is generally done by hanging plastic sheeting in doorways. If work on a home's exterior is to be performed, plastic sheeting and scaffolding systems can be set up to prevent an abundance of lead dust from being released into the general environment.
• turning off ventilating fans, or forced heating and air conditioning systems to prevent any dust from contaminating the rest of your home through its ventilation system.
This may also mean that you and other occupants of your home will need to stay out of the work area until all renovations are complete, and workers have properly cleaned exposed surfaces. For the duration of your renovation, you may need to make other arrangements for the use of kitchen and bathroom facilities. Of course, there is no way to completely contain all the dust that is stirred up during home remodeling, however, working with an experienced, professional contractor can help protect your loved ones from the ill effects of any lead dust that is stirred up during the remodeling process. To learn more about the EPA recommendations that an experienced contractor should follow when renovating your home, check out this article. Learn how ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment Download free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it!
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You work hard to keep your loved ones safe. Unfortunately, not all threats to their well-being are easy to spot. Take lead-based paint for example. This toxic compound can cause all sorts of damage to the human body, especially in children. That's why removing it from your home and workplace is such a vital priority. Here are just some of the ways kids can come into contact with harmful amounts of lead:
- By touching or playing with flakes of chipped or peeling paint.
- By breathing air contaminated with lead dust.
- By playing in lead-contaminated areas, including sandboxes, yards, and even living rooms.
The poisons caused by lead-based paint build up in the body over time, causing a variety of developmental disorders and illnesses. These can include:
- Headaches, ranging from a dull pain to debilitating migraines.
- Fatigue, irritability, and impaired intellectual development.
- Stomach aches and nausea.
- Seizures, brain damage, and even death.
Sadly, lead coatings were used throughout the construction industry prior to 1978. So, if your home was built in that year or before, then it most likely has dangerous concentrations of lead throughout its interior and exterior surfaces. However, there are a few ways to minimize the hazards posed by these poisons. They include:
- Wiping down flat surfaces with damp paper towel, then promptly throwing the used towels away.
- Mopping floors as often as possible.
- Diligently searching for loose paint chips and disposing of them in sealed containers.
- Avoiding any activities that may stir up dust.
The best way to protect your family from lead-based paints is to remove these products from your home entirely. That's where we come into the picture. Contact us today to find out how you can help your loved ones to enjoy a healthier, happier, safer future.
Lead Paint Removal: Health Risks Related to Lead Paint Exposure
Lead poisoning is a dangerous issue that faces many homeowners and families around the world. In the past, lead was placed in paints that were used commercially and residentially in homes. Today, it is important to have lead paint removed properly in order to avoid health risks. Here are some of the concerns you may face if you don't properly remove the lead in your home.
One of the main issues related to lead exposure is the risk of brain development problems. This is something that is especially possible in children because their brains are still developing. According to the Mayo Clinic, irreversible damage could occur if a child is exposed to lead.
According to the CDC, if a person is exposed to large amounts of lead in a short amount of time, they could begin to feel some pretty significant symptoms. For example, they may have abdominal pain, feel constipated or tired, have memory loss or even develop pain and tingling in their extremities.
Those who are exposed to lead could experience a number of other issues as well. For example, large levels of lead can damage the kidneys as well as the nervous system, bones and teeth. Men and women can both develop issues with their reproductive system when they are exposed to lead. This could make it harder for them to become pregnant and could increase the chance of a miscarriage, low birth weight or even a premature baby.
These health risks show just how important it is for lead to be removed properly. For homeowners who are in this situation, relying on the aid of a certified and professional lead removal expert is the best option. In the end, choosing a professional to remove this type of paint from your home could help keep you and your family healthier.
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 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.
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