Evaluate Your Home for Lead Paint
If your home was built before 1978 it could have lead paint. The only way to know for sure whether you are living with this toxic substance is to have your home inspected by a licensed Seattle lead paint removal specialist such as SFW Painting. Inspecting your home for paint must entail a comprehensive evaluation of all painted surfaces, including the body, trim, eaves, soffit, and accents areas of your home. Both the exterior and interior of your home must be evaluated for lead paint, as well as all the layers of paint that have been applied to every area of your home, not only the surface coat.
Lead Paint Removal Techniques
SFW Painting employs reliable and secure lead paint removal techniques, with emphasis on environmentally sensitive methods such as electric paint shaving, UV Scraping, and lead paint encapsulation. We incorporate these techniques with good old-fashioned hand scraping strategies to provide an environmentally sustainable and fully effective lead paint removal process that uses no harmful chemicals.
The Dangers of Lead Paint
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of lead paint in 1978 as it was recognized to be a severely hazardous substance. It is especially problematic with children – for whom even low levels of ingestion can lead to learning disabilities and associated behavioral problems, while high levels of intake can cause poisoning, resulting in an impaired nervous system and brain functions as well as anemia. Ingestion of lead paint typically happens when the paint is chipping or flaking, crushed, or broken into dust and inhaled.
In 1991 the EPA claimed lead paint was the “number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States.” It’s a high stake risk to live in a home in which you don’t know if your child is safe. No level of lead exposure or blood lead concentration is said to be safe for children, so it’s really for the best to have your home inspected for this potential danger.
Developing an Effective Lead Paint Removal Strategy
The benefits of lead paint removal are centered around getting rid of a highly toxic and hazardous substance that can cause serious debilitating health problems, especially for children. This benefit is the main reason for hiring a lead paint removal service such as SFW Painting. However, the other benefit is having your home freshly painted by a professional painting company with a great reputation for high-quality work.
We understand that a comprehensive lead paint inspection and removal process can be costly, so we do everything we can to work with your budget and devise a plan that works for you. Our main concern is helping you find peace of mind in a home that is guaranteed to be lead-free. Even if it takes some time to accomplish, it’s always worth it in the end.