Remodeling or Renovating a Home with Lead-Based Paint

If not conducted properly, certain types of renovations can release lead from paint and dust into the air.

Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.

  • Federal law requires that contractors provide lead information to residents before renovating a pre-1978 housing:
    • Pre-Renovation Education Program (PRE)
      • RENOVATORS have to give you a pamphlet titled Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home, before starting work.
      • More information on the Pre-Renovation Education Program.
  • Take precautions before your contractor or you begin remodeling or renovations that disturb painted surfaces (such as scraping off paint or tearing out walls):
    • Have the area tested for lead-based paint.
    • Do not use a belt-sander, propane torch, heat gun, dry scraper, or dry sandpaper to remove lead-based paint. These actions create large amounts of lead dust and fumes.
    • Lead dust can remain in your home long after the work is done.
    • Temporarily move your family (especially children and pregnant women) out of the apartment or house until the work is done and the area is properly cleaned. If you can’t move your family, at least completely seal off the work area.
    • If you have already completed renovations or remodeling that could have released lead-based paint or dust, get your young children tested and follow the steps outlined to protect your family.

Let Burns Environmental help with lead abatement to get rid the lead based paint in your home, before you have any problems. If you have any questions. Give us a call today. Don’t let lead based paint hold up your home renovations, we can take care of it for you today. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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