Stratton Lead Base Paint Renovation
Houses built before 1978 could have lead base paint present. All lead base paint was not to be used or sold after 1978. The actual law came into effect in the late 60’s, giving the paint companies 10 years to get rid of their inventory. Most companies stopped making it immediately, but used the time to empty warehouses and store shelves. The closer to 1978 your house was built, the less likely there is lead base paint present.
Danger presented by lead base paint.
It is the dust from the paint that is posing the problems. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk. Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. It can cause nervous system and kidney damage, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence, speech, and language, even behavior problems. It can decrease muscle and bone growth, and cause hearing damage as well as poor muscle coordination. Children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12 months of age, and tend to peak at 18 to 24 months of age. A simple blood test can detect lead and make sure your child is safe.
Where is lead base paint found?
Any painted surface in the home, if built before 1978, could contain lead base paint. We have found that some areas of the home may contain lead base paint, while other areas do not. If lead paint is present, the areas that are the most dangerous are ones that have surfaces that rub against each other and create dust. Windows that slide up and down will cause paint dust to accumulate along the bottom of the window. When it is opened, the wind will blow the dust into the house, where it is breathed in by all present.
How to determine if you have lead base paint present in your home
There are two methods for testing. One requires the actual removal of a test strip of paint that is subject to a chemical test. This is very time consuming, and requires strips taken from all walls and trim. Most tests are now done with a handheld testing machine. It can test all surfaces with out disturbing them. This machine is expensive so we do not do the testing. If you would like your home tested, we can give you the name of a certified tester. The test has been running about $350. Part of this cost is paying for the travel expense.
How is the lead base paint removed?
That is what Rocky Stone Construction is certified to do, remove or stabilize the lead base paint. To be certified by the state, we had to take a class on how to safely contain and/or remove the lead base paint. Rocky Stone Construction is the only company in the area certified to do lead base paint renovations.
If you have any questions concerning your home, give Rocky a call. He is more that happy to discuss your situation and give free advice. If you would like to have a test done, give Rocky a call. If you wish to have a renovation estimate, give Rocky a call, (719) 340-2446.