Home Built Before 1978? Your Home Probably Built With Lead-Based Paint

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Credit: By Thester11 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If your home was built before 1978, it’s highly likely toxic lead-based paint was used on the walls and ceiling. You’ll have to hire an EPA-certified lead abatement painter to safely remove the pollutant (naturally occurring element found in earth’s crust) that the Environmental Protection Agency reports it banned in 1978.

Lead-based paint poses a health risk especially if it is sanded, scraped or sawed during painting or home improvement projects. The Centers for Disease Control reports that when paint peels or cracks on walls, ceilings and around old windows, it creates lead dust. Anyone, especially children can be poisoned when they swallow or breath in lead dust. Children poisoned may suffer from various mental and physical problems like a lower IQ, decreased ability to pay attention, and under-performance in school. credit-cdc-lead-poisoning-factsCredit:CDC

“We use to be certified in removing lead-based paint from homes. As a contractor we had to get EPA certification, pay for the license, and during removal, go through a list of hoops like wearing a respirator, applying poly around the perimeter, bagging the debris, proper disposal and more. This hassle of it all is not worth the bother. So, we turn down jobs where homes are built before 1978,” candidly remarks Chris Wyman, owner of Wyman Painting.

The EPA is serious about holding contractors accountable if they fail to follow lead removal laws, and put the public health at risk. On October 17, 2016, the EPA announced via news release that it fined a Portland, Oregon-based remodeling firm more than $69,000 for failing to follow lead-safe work practices during a renovation project on two homes.
Finding a lead abatement painter in the Omaha metro area may be challenging, and cost you a pretty penny. Expect to spend thousands of dollars for the scraping alone depending on the square footage of the home. Over all, lead removal is not a popular type of painting work.

“No one I know in the painting business is doing lead abatement. It’s just not worth it,” notes Wyman.

Removing cracked or peeling lead-based paint is typically not recommended to do-it-yourself, although it can be done, and legally. See DIY EPA safety precautions. For everybody’s health and safety, it would probably be your safest bet to hire a certified lead abatement painter – if your home was built before 1978.

If your home was built after 1978, Wyman Painting is the company to call for interior/exterior Omaha area painting jobs, pressure washing of decks, fences and siding, staining of these surfaces is available, too.

Call Omaha painter Chris Wyman now.