25.11
2017
Lead Abatement Practices

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Lead Abatement Practices—How To Safely Remove Lead Paint

Lead based paints were extensively used in homes before its ban in 1978. Hence, it is quite possible that you are under the threat of lead poisoning if your home was built before 1978.

There are many dangers of lead poisoning. It affects the entire body. High levels of exposure can lead to coma, convulsions and even death.

Lower levels of exposure can lead to slower brain function, kidney failure and unhealthy blood cells. Children and pregnant women are more susceptible to the dangers of lead poisoning.

You must have a lead inspection of your home from professional lead remediation services PA.  This will ensure that there is no lead based paint in your home. A lead inspection is also recommended before moving in a new home. If lead based paint is found in your home, then you can choose of the following ways to get rid of it:

Enclosure

This is the most convenient method for lead abatement, as it requires much less time and doesn’t cause a hassle.

The surface painted with lead based paint is covered with flexible vinyl claddings, gypsum board or aluminum coverings. This is a great option for large and flat surface, and can be installed without messing up the house.

Paint removal

Paint removal

This is a very tedious and time-consuming method. It involves scraping the paint away inch by inch, using a wire brush or wet sand.

Using a HEPA filter vacuum is a must to remove the paint safely, without causing any dirt or debris to float in the air. Hand scraping and electric guns are also an option for removing the paint completely off.

However, there are certain banned methods of lead based paint removal that include:

  • Uncontained power washing
  • Flaming
  • Torching

Encapsulation

This is the most economical way of the lead abatement. A gallon of encapsulation paint costs around $50 and you could have your entire house covered in just $1,500.

Encapsulation paint creates a watertight bond and functions as seals for lead paint to prevent exposure.

However, this is not an option for all areas as it might not effectively stick on some surfaces. Over time, the paint also wears off, and would require another coating.

Replacement

This is a straight forward method, where your house is stripped off everything that was painted with lead based paint. It includes doors, windows and any other woodwork items.

This method is quite expensive, but gives a total peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about the coating wearing off or having lead paint debris in the air.

You can contact us for a professional lead inspection in Pennsylvania. We offer lead remediation services and secure your house from the hazardous metal completely. Contact now on (610) 497-7162 and set your appointment.