Hawaii Lead-Based Paint Remediation
Old houses have a special charm about them. Their antique appearance and design are bring replicated with newer homes. There are also many homeowners who prefer buying old properties.
However, old houses come with their own set of disadvantages. One of these disadvantages is the paint. Besides peeling or chipping paint, the quality is something every homeowner has to pay attention to. Lead paint was very popular back in the day, and houses that were constructed before 1978 were mostly painted with lead paint. Although the paint might still look pretty, lead paint is very dangerous. Thorough inspection and assessment is necessary to identify if your house has any lead paint to prevent any lead-related hazards.
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Why Is Lead Paint Dangerous?
Lead poisoning can lead to serious health complaints, especially in children. As lead paint deteriorates due to exposure to the elements, the lead breaks down and becomes dust. This dust becomes easily transferable through air and water. The inhalation and consumption of lead can lead to various health issues, including dysfunction of the nervous system and brain, premature birth, kidney damage, headaches, hearing problems, developmental issues, and bone marrow issues. It is very important that young children and pregnant ladies be safeguarded from lead paint.
How To Remedy Or Remove Lead Paint
There are several processes you could follow for lead abatement or remediation. Many US states allow the homeowner to remove the paint themselves, but some states require that homeowners hire professionals to do the job. Here are some options for removing lead paint.
Encapsulation: This is the most affordable and least complicated method. The process involves applying a coating of specially-made paint over the lead paint. This special paint will create a watertight bond with the lead paint and seal it in. Once the lead paint is encapsulated on the wall, the lead cannot escape and pollute air or water sources.
Enclosure: This method involves covering old surfaces with new ones. You could use drywall or cladding made of vinyl or aluminum. Once the old surfaces are enclosed with new ones, the lead paint becomes trapped inside. However, if the new surface is removed, the lead-covered surface underneath will become exposed.
Removal: This is the most preferred method of lead paint remediation. There are several approaches, including using liquid paint removers. For these methods, it’s best to employ a contractor. They may use electric sanders with filtered vacuums or strip off the paint using low-temperature heat guns.
Replacement: This is a rather radical approach to lead paint remediation where the offending surfaces are replaced with new ones that are free of lead paint. With the help of a contractors, homeowners can install new doors, windows, woodwork, as well as any other surface they may like.
It is important that homeowners understand that lead paint is very unsafe and they should not risk their family’s health even with minimum exposure. If the lead paint of your home is chipping or peeling, contact a professional for assessment. Make sure that the lead paint is removed as soon as possible to ensure the safety of your family’s well-being.