Completing a paint project the right way goes beyond the preparation and application. Homes built before 1978 that contain lead pose a health hazard not just for the craftsmen working on the jobsite, but for anyone near it as well. This includes children.
What Is Lead?
Lead is an additive used in paints applied prior to 1978. It is detrimental for both the environment and for people. Since then, the EPA has mandated that contractors working on homes built prior to 1978 test the paint on the property for lead. If the paint tests positive for lead, the jobsite should be treated as a biohazard work space.
I know that a biohazard work space seems intimidating, but with a professional company that is EPA Lead Certified, the process is seamless.
What Does It Mean for the Jobsite If Your Paint Has Lead?
If your house tests positive for lead, the crew will wear body suits and respirators to take precautions and to keep lead dust out of their lungs and off their clothing. However, the most important step is containing and disposing the paint chips. Our team will collect these chips as they are scraped and will dispose of them in hazmat bags that we then take to a hazardous waste location.
The project is different in that processes such as power washing that will scatter the paint chips and dust are avoided. Instead of power washing, a deep wash with bristle brushes is undertaken to scrub down the property.
The LIME Account Manager Advantage
The advantage of working with a LIME Advisor is that he is trained to assess and test for lead. Your Advisor will also provide a custom detailed scope of work for your home before the project is undertaken to appropriately complete your home in accordance with EPA lead requirements. Additionally, the Advisor will audit each phase of the job to ensure that the scope of work is completed to expectation.
Although lead paint may change the theme of the project, LIME always keeps QUALITY at the forefront and provides a client experience that is turnkey. Working with LIME on a lead-based project is easy, enjoyable, and refreshing!