Allow us to start this post with this statement: lead paint removal is a dangerous task. Again, we would like to stress out that this is a hazardous job, and hence, this is not one of those handyman tasks that you can complete on your own. It can lead into creating toxic dirt, which is why it is also important to pay attention to lead dust removal. It is not similar to stripping off ordinary kind of paint as there are toxic compounds that are involved, which, when disrupted, can have negative impacts to the health of those who will be exposed to such.
Methods of Lead Paint Removal
There are commonly different methods that are used for lead paint removal, each with varying level of effectiveness. One that is most common, although generally unsafe, is removal by hand, usually through sanding. More so, another thing that is commonly done is the removal of the entire structure in itself and having it replaced with a new one, which is already free from lead content. More so, encapsulating is also common, which means that the part with lead paint will be covered. Nonetheless, it is important to keep in mind that not just any kind of wall paper would suffice.
At the end of the day, the best thing that you can do is to call a trusted contractor to remove lead paint for you. More often than not, the contractor will also perform lead dust removal and lead air monitoring, which will provide you with the assurance that the entire place will be safe from the hazards that are posed by lead.
Lead Paint and Its Dangers
Direct exposure to lead-based paint can lead into poisoning. Caution must be observed in lead paint removal, especially, amongst children as they normally do not pay attention to what they touch or swallow. The same lead that is found in toys for kids can be found on paint and the danger that it poses will most likely be the same. Aside from children, lead poisoning is also common for pregnant women, and this can affect not only the mother, but also their would-be baby.
What can exactly be done to be prevent lead poisoning? One of the things that can be taken into account would be lead air monitoring. As the name implies, this is going to be a methodology wherein the amount of lead present in the air will be measured. In addition, one simple way to tell if there is lead in the paint is to determine the age of the structure. If it is more than 25 years old, it would be safe to assume that the paint used in it contains lead.
Safety Precautions in Removing Lead
To be able to remove lead safely, it is important to make sure that children and pets are not in the work area. If the paint will be removed from the house, the curtains should be also taken out and the furniture should be covered as it can create dust that can cling on the surfaces. After removal, the entire area should be also cleaned. Lead air monitoring should also be done upon the completion of the lead paint removal. Those who are removing the lead paint must be skilled, knowledgeable, and should have the personal protective equipment that is necessary. Because of the latter, as it has been earlier pointed out, it is a job that should be done only by the pros.
If you need lead paint removal, whether it is for residential or commercial establishment, contact Absolute Environmental Services (AES) today. At AES, we deal not only with the removal of lead paint, but we also provide lead dust removal and lead air monitoring. With a competent team and state-of-the-art equipment, we are confident that we will be able to complete any job successfully, and more importantly, safely.
Absolute Environmental Services
38 Thorn St Pennant Hills, NSW, 2120,Australia
0425 257 142, (02) 9484 7313