FAQs About Lead Removal
The potential health hazards of lead exposure are now well-known, but for
many decades, the dangers were not realized and products containing lead
were used for a number of household tasks. For years, lead paint was a
standard for homes and commercial buildings, since lead helped promote
moisture resistance and allowed paint to dry quicker. Now there are much
safer, effective alternatives available, but there is still a risk for
homes that were built before lead paint was banned in the United States
in 1978. If you know or suspect that your Bay Area home contains harmful
lead paint, you will want to become familiar with the removal process
for the health and safety of your family. Below you can get a look at
some of the lead removal FAQs we receive at Environmental Remedies, Inc.,
where you will find legal, safe, and exceptional services to remove hazardous
materials from your home.
How Do I Know If My Home Contains Lead?
There are many homes in the Bay Area built before 1978, and it is likely
that many of these homes had lead paint used in their construction. If
you are living in an older home, it is best to call a certified lead inspector/assessor
to test lead levels in your home and provide you with a list of recommendations
to remove it. It is important to note, the company providing the testing
services should always be different from the company performing the actual
removal. This will avoid a potential conflict of interest. Environmental
Remedies, Inc. specializes in the removal of lead based paint, however
we can always refer our customers to certified testing firms in the area.
What Are the Available Options for Removing Lead Paint?
In some cases, homeowners may choose to leave lead paint intact and avoid
disturbing the materials. While this can be effective for some time, there
is always a possibility that these materials will be disturbed through
normal wear and tear, a renovation, demolition, or a catastrophe, such
as fire or water damage. Therefore, stabilization of the affected areas
or complete removal following EPA-approved methods is often recommended—especially
in homes with young children. These methods include stabilizing paint
with a watertight coating or sealant to reduce the potential for exposure;
or completely removing the lead paint through a combination of wire brushing,
scraping, and/or liquid paint removers.
Why Should I Invest in Professional Lead Removal?
Lead paint removal can be costly, and it may require several days to complete.
However, lead paint removal is a highly regulated activity, and for a
good reason. When you weigh the cost of lead removal against the value
of your family’s health or potential fines, however, calling a professional
is well-worth the investment. You will want to leave the work to Environmental
Remedies, Inc. rather than taking a DIY approach, since this will ensure
the proper removal of lead and allow you to minimize any accidental exposure
during the process or costly fines by the regulatory agencies or municipalities.
For a closer look at lead removal services for your home in the Bay Area,
call Environmental Remedies, Inc. at (925) 461-3285. We are fully committed
to the safety and wellness of our clients, and our team is
fully licensed and insured in the Bay Area.