If you have a home that was built before 1978, chances are good that you have lead paint somewhere. Lead paint was especially common on window sills, door jambs, banisters and other high-contact surfaces. The knowledge that there is lead in your home and that it has been in the building for many decades can be disconcerting. Is the lead paint harmful? Does it need to be removed?
In some cases, lead paint can be left untouched. For this to be a safe option, the lead paint needs to be in good condition, with no chips or wear. It is not recommended that lead paint be left untouched in homes where children under six live or visit.
If paint is chipped or peeling, or if there are small children in your Chicago home, lead paint needs to be removed for safety reasons.
It is imperative that you have a professional lead paint remediation expert deal with lead paint in your home. Many DIY removal methods can send lead airborne and lead to a greater risk of lead exposure.
In some cases, lead paint can be remediated through a process called encapsulation. In this process, a thick paint-like coating is rolled or brushed onto lead-paint surfaces. This water-proof coating can create a waterproof bond and keep lead paint sealed.
However, this is not a good option for high traffic areas. Opening and closing doors or windows can eventually wear the coating off and leave lead paint exposed.
In other situations, lead paint covered surfaces can be enclosed. this involves putting up new drywall or coating windowsills with vinyl or aluminum cladding. However, this is an option that only puts off removal if you foresee any future remodeling. If the enclosed surface is ever removed, the lead paint beneath will have to be dealt with in a safe manner.
If neither of the above is a realistic option, the lead paint will have to be removed. Do not attempt lead paint removal on your own; this can cause dangerous exposure to airborne lead.
Professional lead paint removal teams can remove lead paint through a number of methods. In most cases, wire brushing, wet sanding or wet hand scraping are the most efficient and safe ways to remove the paint. A filtered vacuum is used to prevent any lead particles from being left behind.
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