Older homes are rich structures full of history, quality building materials, and architectural details that homeowners simply can’t find anymore. But they also carry unseen health risks to your family. Far worse than old pipes and wiring is the risk of lead-based paint, which wasn’t banned for consumers until 1978. In recent years, the EPA has refocused on the problem of lead paint in homes and childcare facilities, which has been linked to both health and behavioral problems in kids. New England has just announced an initiative to better enforce compliance with lead paint regulations for contractors, landlords, and DIY home restoration gurus. But how can you protect your family from lead paint exposure here in Atlanta?
Where to Find Lead Paint in Your Home
Lead paint isn’t always as obvious as you might think. Often it’s buried beneath years of paint touch-ups and layered colors. It’s also commonly found on painted window sills, doorways, porches, banisters and railings, and stairs. As lead paint peels and deteriorates, it releases dangerous toxins into the air. Always keep paint in tip top shape, remove any dust from painted surfaces daily, and call a professional for evaluation if you suspect lead paint in your home, especially before a remodeling project.
Hire Lead-Safe Contractors
The fear of lead dust shouldn’t hold you back from getting that dream kitchen, tearing down a few walls to create an open floor plan, or scraping away old paint to reveal the beautiful wood paneling beneath. But before starting any home renovation project or home repairs, make sure your contractors are certified to protect your family against lead paint that may be disturbed in the process. Your family’s safety isn’t worth the risk of working with a “community favorite” contractor who isn’t up to code. Are you and your spouse the King and Queen of DIY? Follow the EPA’s guidelines for lead-safe DIY renovation projects.
Clean Environmental Group has years of experience in the safe removal of lead-based paint from Atlanta homes. 75% of homes in the US contain some form of lead-based paint, which poses a serious health risk to your kids. If you suspect your home contains lead paint, or if your reno contractor isn’t following the EPA standards in safely dealing with lead paint remediation, call today to schedule an evaluation for lead abatement.
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