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Tough Questions You Will Have to Answer About Lead Paint in Homes

Think about it. As a contractor (here in Michigan or elsewhere), you give the customer a pamphlet that says lead paint is dangerous if disturbed. But paint disturbance is exactly what you are proposing to do. It's not far-fetched to expect that some people will actually read the pamphlet, take it seriously, and expect answers to questions like these:

Does my house have "lead paint?"

Most homes built before 1978 have measurable lead somewhere. But some don't have any, and many have it only in isolated areas. There is really no way to know without testing.

How will you know where the lead paint is?

One answer might be "It doesn't matter, because we are going to assume that everything has lead, and act accordingly." For large jobs, though, it makes sense to hire a licensed lead inspector to tell you where the lead is and is not. Even in pre-1950 homes, LBP was used sparingly on interiors, and you will probably find that the testing costs are repaid many times over.

How will you protect my home?

Visqueen, water, plastic bags, a HEPA vacuum, trisodium phosphate (TSP) or a lead-specific cleaner, and good old duct tape. You will be working smart, working wet, and working clean. The idea is to:

  1. Minimize the production of dust and debris,
  2. Protect the work area from the dust that is inevitably created, and
  3. Prevent the spread of dust from the work area.

The degree of care should depend on the amount of lead in the paint (measured or presumed) and the amount being disturbed.

Do you have special training?

Well, do you? All field workers and sales reps should have some lead paint awareness training. This does not have to be the level required for "lead abatement" work.

How will I know that my home is safe after you leave?

One way is to conduct "clearance tests." A licensed Lead Risk Assessor collects samples of residual dust (and possibly soil, for exterior renovations). These samples are analyzed at a laboratory and compared to generally accepted standards.

How much extra is this costing me?

Don't duck this one. Sure, it costs extra to do things right, but the consequences of doing things wrong are so severe that shortcuts are just not worth considering.


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