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Certified Lead Abatement Contractor

When it comes to lead paint hazards, it is very important you choose the right contractor. Lead abatement projects should only be performed by an EPA certified contractor. SFW Painting specializes in lead paint removal and abatement, and SFW Painting has all the required licenses, certifications, and insurance to perform this work safely and legally.

Removing Lead Paint Safely

When it comes to your family’s health, make sure you have chosen the right contractor for the job as it is harmful to human health. Ingestion of lead paint, via breathing lead paint dust particulates or otherwise coming into close contact with lead paint, can cause lead poisoning, also known as lead toxicity, which can lead to brain and nervous system impairments in adults and developmental and behavioral disorders in children.Only use contractors that are certified by state and local municipalities to perform safe lead paint abatement.

What is Lead Paint and Why is it Dangerous?

Lead paint is an extremely harmful product that is commonly found in homes and schools constructed prior to 1978. In 1978 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of lead-based paint in the United States. Lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause several health issues, most notably in children and pregnant women. As lead particles are absorbed into the body it can cause damage to your brain, as well as impede the brain’s development in children.  Lead exposure has been leaked to learning disabilities, negatively impact behavior, cause seizures or death. Lead can also cause damage to the kidneys, blood, and nervous system.

Over time as lead paint begins to deteriorate and fail, small particles of lead dust are released into the air. This hazardous dust starts to accumulate on surfaces like countertops, windowsills, floors, baseboards, furniture, and other household items. On the exterior of your home lead, paint dust can contaminate decks, patios, children’s play areas and the soil around your home. Small children are prone to putting objects and their hands in their mouth and lead paint has a sweet taste. This greatly increases the risk of ingesting poisonous lead toxins.

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What are the Benefits of Lead Paint Removal?

The most important benefit of a lead paint abatement and removal project is that your house is safe from causing serious health problems to its occupants. You get the peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are protected from a deadly hazard. Another major benefit is your home’s resale value, having a lead-free home is much easier to sell, due to the home being certified lead-safe.

What are the differences between lead-safe renovations and lead abatement?

Although on the surface lead abatement and lead paint removal; RRP (renovation, repair, and painting) activities may seem similar, they are not. Here is the big difference, having your home lead abatement is a highly specialized process that systematically removes the lead hazard from your home. RRP activities include mildly disturbing lead paint while conducting a large scope repair like re-painting, siding, installing windows or doors, and light home renovation. Here are some easy ways to understand the differences between the two processes. RRP is not designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards

Lead-Based Paint Abatement

  • Lead-Based Paint Inspections
  • Lead Paint Risk Assessments
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Projects Designed to Permanently Eliminate Lead Paint

Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) activities

  • Cosmetic type repairs
  • Short-term projects to control or minimize a lead hazard
  • Minor renovations and modifications projects
  • Stabilizing minor chipping or failing painting

Is my contractor certified to work on my home?

If you are planning a lead paint removal project at your home, or you are permanently eliminating lead-based paint hazards from your home you are required to hire a certified Lead Abatement Contractor. As the homeowner, it is your responsibility to hire a contractor that has a current license and is insured to perform the work. There is a difference in a certified abatement firm and a contractor who just has an individual RRP certificate.

It is important to ask questions and get proof of certifications and insurance. Sadly, simply asking if your paint contractor can perform lead remove or abatement projects is not enough. If you hire an unlicensed lead paint contractor and your project causes unsafe material to contaminate the environment, you could be held liable.