If your home was built before 1978, there’s a very high possibility that lead-based paint was used on the interior, exterior… or both. Lead-based paint is extremely dangerous to your health, and known to cause seizures, high blood pressure and serious developmental delays in children. It has been found that exterior paints contain higher levels of lead, and gloss finishes even more so.
Lead dust is not only dangerous when it creates a cloud in the air, but if it’s allowed to land on nearby soil, it creates an essentially invisible toxic situation that will never go away as lead does not biodegrade. There is also the risk of tracking lead dust into the home, car and more exposing children, pets and yourself to its dangers. For these reasons, hiring an EPA RRP Certified Lead-Based Paint Abatement painting company like Wanda Works is crucial.
Wanda Works With Paint will verify through simple tests and questions about your home that the paint in question is lead-based. If it is, all of the necessary precautions according to government regulations will be followed including taping off the perimeter of the area as well as tarp placement over grass, bushes and plants. Our team will also be wearing protective clothing, masks and eyewear so they remain safe from the harmful effects of lead-based paint. We also use a high-powered HEPA vacuum and set up plastic sheeting areas for any removal that requires sanding.
Once the paint removal is completed, we will prep your home and begin the painting process. Head over to our Exterior Painting page to learn more.
THE RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING (RRP) RULE
The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires workers-for-hire to be lead-safe certified for certain types of renovation projects. RRP was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 to help ensure that lead-safe work practices are implemented.