Home Solutions Handyman is lead paint certified! We are fully trained and certified to handle any potential lead paint hazard while working in your home. With one call we can take care of all of your home repair and improvement needs and relieve your concerns about lead-based paint!
New EPA Lead Certification Rule
As of April 22, 2010 the EPA requires individuals conducting lead-based paint activities (abatement, inspection, and risk assessment) in target housing and child-occupied facilities to be trained and certified. All remodeling and repairs done in homes where lead-based paint may be present must now be done by a certified handyman or contractor.
Are you concerned about lead paint and how it might affect you?
Lead from chipping or peeling paint can mix with dust and soil in and around the home making it available for young children to ingest during normal hand-to-mouth play. In addition to chipping and peeling lead paint being a hazard, a freshly remodeled home can also be a danger. During the remodeling process, lead dust and lead chips can mix with dust and soil from scraping and sanding old, painted surfaces.
Lead paint in home building was not regulated until 1978, so most houses built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. The older the house the greater the risk is for having lead contamination. Lead-based paint is not dangerous if it is handled properly.
What can you do to help protect your family?
There are other things you can do to protect your family every day.
- Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces
- Regularly wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys
- Make sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA’s dietary guidelines that helps protect children from the effects of lead
- Wipe off shoes before entering house
How can lead contamination be prevented during a home repair or improvement project?
1. Contain the work area. The area should be contained so that dust and debris do not escape from that area. Warning signs should be put up and heavy-duty plastic and tape should be used as appropriate to:
- Cover the floors and any furniture that cannot be moved
- Seal off doors and heating and cooling system vents
These actions will help prevent dust or debris from getting outside the work area.
2. Minimize dust. There is no way to eliminate dust, but some methods make less dust than others. For example, using water to mist areas before sanding or scraping; scoring paint before separating components; and prying and pulling apart components instead of breaking them are techniques that generate less dust than alternatives. Some methods generate large amounts of lead-contaminated dust and should not be used:
- Open flame burning or torching
- Sanding, grinding, planing, needle gunning, or blasting with power tools and equipment not equipped with a shroud and HEPA vacuum attachment
- Using a heat gun at temperatures greater than 1100°F
3. Clean up thoroughly. The work area should be cleaned up daily to keep it as clean as possible. When all the work is done, the area should be cleaned up using special cleaning methods before taking down any plastic that isolates the work area from the rest of the home. The special cleaning methods should include:
- Using a HEPA vacuum to clean up dust and debris on all surfaces
- Wet mopping with plenty of rinse water
When the final cleaning is done, look around. There should be no dust, paint chips, or debris in the work area. If you see any dust, paint chips, or debris, the area should be re-cleaned.
Learn more by visiting www.epa.gov/lead and downloading the “Renovate Right” Brochure.