If you’re making plans to renovate your home, you should be seriously considering whether the contractor or remodeling company you hire is well versed in lead-safe work practices. This is especially true if your home was constructed prior to 1978. Hiring a Certified Lead Renovator will ensure that lead hazards are minimized while your home is undergoing construction remodeling.
Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes before being banned in 1978. Projects that disturb painted surfaces – such as a bathroom remodel – can stir up dust particles containing lead and endanger you and your family. This is how most people are exposed to lead. Other means of exposure involve contact with lead in soil, airborne dust, or through paint chips.
The detrimental health effects from lead exposure have been well documented. Lead exposure can affect a child’s health by:
- Creating learning disabilities
- Reduced I.Q.
- Behavioral problems
In adults, prolonged lead exposure poses numerous dangers, including but not limited to high blood pressure and hypertension. Depending on the level of exposure, lead can also lead to difficult pregnancies, digestive problems, muscle & joint pain, slow growth and headaches.
Sources of Lead
- Chipping, peeling or cracking paint
- Dust from sanding or scraping paint
- Cracking and exposure of underlying layers of paint on railings, bannisters, window sills, door frames
- Lead in the soil surrounding your home
- Demolition activities
Since common renovation activities such as sanding, cutting and demolition can create lead dust and chips. Only a Certified Lead Renovator will know how to protect you and your family from exposure.
Your Certified Lead Renovator can test the surfaces or components being disturbed for lead using a lead test kit that is EPA recognized. ReBath of Houston is an EPA certified lead renovator. Our installers can explain – with clarity – the details of your bathroom remodeling project and how we will be minimizing lead hazards during our work.
Remember, federal law requires that contractors who perform renovation, repair and painting projects that will disturb painted surfaces in homes built before 1978 be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. We encourage you to contact ReBath of Houston at (281) 807-9420 if you have additional questions, or would like to schedule a free in-home estimate for your bathroom remodel.