Lead Paint Abatement
Lead was added to paint and other surface finishes such as stain and varnish, for color and durability. In 1978, the Consumer Products Safety Commission banned the sale of lead paint for residential use, but existing supplies of products meant some properties built after this time may have lead based paint. In fact, the EPA estimates homes built between 1960 and 1977 have a 24% chance of containing lead paint. Older homes are more even more likely to have lead based paint in them.
Lead is a poison that is hazardous, particularly for children and pregnant women, but also for adults. Very small amounts of lead dust exposure can create damaging health effects. Some of these effects are behavior and learning challenges, slower growth, and lower intelligence. Lead paint that is damaged, such as chipping, peeling, or cracking should receive immediate care.
Obtain a free guide from Risk Removal if you suspect you might have lead based paint:
Renovation, repair, painting and abatement activities are regulated by various governmental agencies. The agencies specify what to do with lead paint that is in place and what methods to use when disturbing the paint.
Before disturbing more than 6 square feet of painted interior surfaces or more than 20 square feet of painted exterior surfaces or demolishing a home, child care facility or school built before 1978 be sure to read this brochure from the EPA:
Risk Removal is a Colorado certified lead abatement contractor and is certified with the EPA to perform lead repair, renovation and painting.