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Think Twice Before Removing Lead Paint Yourself
11/01/2013

Are you concerned that your home or business might contain lead paint? According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, lead is toxic metal that has been known to cause a variety of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the human body, it can damage the brain and other vital organs, including the kidneys, nerves and blood. Homes built before 1978 are especially at risk for containing surfaces coated with lead paint. For this reason, many home or business owners choose to have their structures inspected for lead and to have any lead-based paint removed.

Should You Remove Lead Paint Yourself?

It is legal for any homeowner to remove lead-based paint, but we recommend that you do not disturb lead paint on your own for any reason. Lead is a hazardous material that can become airborne if disturbed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lead program rules apply only to renovations performed for compensation; therefore, if you work on your own home, the rules do not apply. But even the EPA encourages homeowners to use lead-safe work practices in order to protect themselves, their families, and the value of their homes. Because of the serious risks involved in removing lead paint improperly, Superior recommends that both home and business owners call an EPA Certified Lead Safe Firm to handle any lead paint removal.

Superior Cleaning & Restoration is EPA Certified to Remove Lead Paint Safely

One of the residential services or commercial services provided by Superior Cleaning & Restoration is safe, effective lead paint removal. Superior is proud to be an EPA Certified Lead Safe Firm, and we have EPA Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting technicians on staff. We also employ Accredited Lead Abatement Workers and Supervisors.

If you are uncertain whether the paint in your home or business contains lead, samples can be tested in two ways: A bulk sample can be brought to a certified lab for testing, or we can use an EPA approved test kit on site to quickly determine if lead-based paint is present. The process is simple; it involves cutting any paint layers on a 45-degree angle to expose the multiple layers. Then we use an EPA-approved swab test to determine if lead is present.

If lead paint is present, what will Superior Cleaning & Restoration do?

When working in your home, Superior Cleaning & Restoration will strictly follow the safe work practices spelled out by the EPA Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting rules. We will systematically and safely remove all lead paint from the premises. When you work with Superior, you can feel confident once the job is done that your home is safe for you and your entire family.

For more information, call Superior Cleaning & Restoration, a COIT Services Company, today at 1-800-99-CLEAN (1-800-992-5326). You can also contact us online through our online contact form.

Superior Cleaning & Coit Cleaning and Restoration in Woodinville, WA holds a Construction Contractor, General license (SUPERI 973KR).

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