Lead Paint RemovalRochester, NY
Lead Paint Removal
Prior to 1978, lead was being added to common household paint. The lead additive allowed for the paint to be more durable, and gave it a nice shine so it always looked fresh. Additionally, it dried faster and resisted moisture.
It wasn’t known until later that the lead was poisonous and causing children to become very sick. Further research was conducted, and the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint for consumer use.
Lead isn’t only found in paint for homes. It can also be found on old toys that were painted with the lead paint, in the soil, weights at the gym, fishing sinkers and more.
Many antique toys that have been passed down from generation to generation are likely to have once been painted with a form of lead-based paint.
What Are the Health Risks of Lead Paint?
Lead paint, undisturbed, is not harmful. When the paint begins to chip, peel, or get dusty, that is when it starts to pose a problem. Small children tend to find paint chips from window sills, bannisters, doorways and many other places.
Oftentimes, children will begin to chew on surfaces that are their height when they start teething. Many windowsils are the perfect height for a toddler.
On average, the normal lead level in an adult is Less than 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) or 0.48 micromoles per liter (µmol/L) of blood.
For a child, there must be Less than 5 µg/dL or 0.24 µmol/L of lead in the blood. Anything higher after a blood test needs to be monitored and possibly treated.
The issue with lead paint is that you can’t smell it, or even really see it. Also, lead poisoning or other health problems don’t just show up overnight. Lead poisoning is a slow gradual process and can take months or even years of exposure.
There are signs and symptoms to watch out for, or to be aware of for those with increased lead levels in their blood.
Women who are pregnant and are exposed to lead paint are at risk for premature birth, low birth weight of their newborn and the child having a slow or stunted growth process.
Children under the age of 6 should be closely monitored for any symptoms including developmental delays, learning difficulties, appetite and weight changes, feeling tired, abdominal pain, and seizures.
If your child has previously been diagnosed with Pica (a disorder that includes eating things that are not food like paint chips, chalk or other non-food items), then you should closely monitor your child for these symptoms.
The symptoms in adults might be harder to recognize due to how common some symptoms are. But be mindful of joint and muscle pain (unrelated to exercise, injury or age), headaches, abdominal pain, memory and concentration issues, high blood pressure, and mood disorders.
For adults, it is also important to keep in mind the risks when trying to reproduce. Lead poisoning can cause reproductive issues in both men and women.
These are not the only symptoms and signs of lead poisoning. Others that can be more severe include organ damage, nerve damage and other neurological disorders.
Contact your physician if you or your child are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Contact Rock Environmental next.
Lead Paint Removal and Inspection
Since removing lead paint has been rendered an imperative by the EPA, Rock Environmental professionals have all been certified to provide lead paint removal in a safe and effective manner.
Our extensive experience, range of methods & equipment and knowledge of pertinent regulations has allowed us to excel in this service.
Once you have called Rock Environmental over lead paint concerns, our team will arrive at your home or business and start with a visual inspection of the area. Since paint with lead in it can be smelled, we must look at key identifiers.
Is it peeling? Is it chipping? Does it have a dusty texture? We look for these features in specific areas of the home such as window sills, doorways, floor around windows and doors, bannisters, and even outdoors.
There are also other options that don’t involve as much inspections, and these are assessments and screens. A risk assessment will include just samples of the area that has chipping or peeling paint.
If something looks like it has been chewed on, there will also be a sample collected in that spot. Areas that are not of concern are not checked.
A hazard screen is even less, and only involves one sample of dust from a window sill, and one sample of dust on the floor. All samples are sent out to independent laboratories for further evaluation.
If and when the results have been returned, we will work with you on a safe and effective plan to remediate the lead paint in your home.
Ensuring Customer Satisfaction
We have a rigorous method of removing lead paint, where we take every precaution possible to not expose the inhabitant and the people involved in the process to the hostility of lead’s toxicity. Our professionalism and environmental awareness keeps our customers highly satisfied with our services.
We have adequate equipment and trained resources to conduct reduction of lead hazard, control lead contaminated dust, remove lead contaminated soil, clean-up lead based paint and we also perform further enclosure, encapsulation and disposal of the hazardous material extracted.
Live without exposing yourself to any of the health risks by having Rock Environmental, Inc remove any traces of lead paint in your home or business. Best part is that we will even work with your insurance company to get this taken care of. That way you don’t have to!
Experienced Lead Paint Removal Professionals
Our clientele ranges from residential and commercial property owners, especially we get called by facilities occupied by children, like schools and daycare centers that were painted prior to the regulations enforced in 1978.
Our staff is trained as per the guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and they also keep upgrading their knowledge as per the standards presented by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Additionally, all of our professionals have been HAZWOPER trained and IICRC certified!
Why Choose Rock Environmental for Lead Paint Removal Rochester NY?
Your safety and peace of mind is our number one priority. We are a 24 hour emergency service dedicated to our customer’s needs that services Rochester NY and the surrounding communities. Rock Environmental takes pride on our reliability for any size job.
We seek to satisfy our clients with our expertise, cost and time-efficacy and our cleanliness. Rock Environmental is an experienced service provider that has a list of resources at our disposal, through which we perform an array of demolition and restorative services. We don’t stop at just lead paint abatement, we can do it all!