Tips For Safely Abating Lead-Based Paint From Your Home

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If your home was built more than a few decades ago, then it is very likely that its walls have been painted with lead-based paints. Since lead-based paints are a health hazard and can lead to lead poisoning in young children, it is important that you carefully remove them from your home when you are renovating. To this end, follow these tips to safely abate lead-based paints from your home:

Tip: Remove Lead-Based Paints on a Day with a Mild Temperature

When you are removing lead-based paints from your home, you need to do so without the heater or air conditioner running. If your furnace is running, then it will blow around any paint particles that are in the air and will cause lead to be deposited in other places within your home. This is especially dangerous when the lead-based paint particles travel to your kitchen and contaminate your children's food.

Tip: Completely Seal Off the Room Where You are Removing Paint

Before you begin removing any lead-based paint from a room in your home, first you must completely seal the area off from the rest of your home. The cheapest and most effective way to do this is to use plastic sheeting over any doors or windows. You should also place plastic sheeting on your floors so you can easily remove any lead-based paint that falls down as it is removed. You can use masking tape to attach the plastic sheeting so that it doesn't damage your wall's paint or the room's flooring.

Tip: Moisten the Painted Areas You Will be Scraping or Sanding

Before you take sandpaper or a paint scraper to your walls that contain lead-based paint, first you need to moisten them with water. Moistening the walls will help the material that is removed to fall straight down onto your plastic sheeting rather than sending it into the air in the form of dust. This tip will help to concentrate the toxic material all onto your plastic sheets where it can be more easily disposed of in large, sealed trash bags.

Tip: Never Sand Lead-Based Paint Walls with an Electric Sander

Finally, when you need to sand down a wall that has lead-based paint, it is vital that you do so by using a wet-dry sandpaper. You can wrap the sandpaper around a scrap block of wood for easier use. You should never use an electric sander because it will send small particles that contain lead into the environment in your home.

If you are not confident in your ability to properly abate lead paint from your home, contact a company like Colfax Corporation for assistance.

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