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Your Guide to a Lead Free Renovation

By United Renovations on Wed, October 05, 2016
Your Guide to a Lead Free Renovation

 

Renovating your multi-family units is a great way to enhance their value. A properly planned and executed multi family renovation project is sure to turn your property into a rent magnate, thereby, helping you achieve your ROI targets. That said, there are some precautions you need to take while planning a project. One such safety measure includes ensuring a lead-free renovation, especially if your property was constructed before 1978.

 

Importance

 

Many facilities constructed before 1978 have lead-based paints which are a major health hazard. These paints are common in kitchens, bathrooms, window sills, door frames, and railings. Disturbing (demolishing, repairing or replacing) these or any other areas that include lead-based paints can release dangerous amounts of lead based dust in the environment. Breathing-in this dust or swallowing it can have detrimental health effects ranging from nervous system damage to development of health conditions impacting reproductive organs.

 

Precautionary Steps

 

Your service provider must test painted surfaces using EPA-recognized test kits before going forward. Alternatively, you can avail the services of a certified lead-based paint inspector/lead-based paint risk assessor. These professionals will collect samples from your units and test them in advanced laboratories to find the amount of lead in the paint.

 

If the tests are positive, discuss these steps with your renovator and make sure they follow them.

 

  • Isolate the Work Area

 

First and foremost, ask your renovator to apply plastic sheeting to the ground, the floor or any other applicable surfaces to ensure lead based dust doesn’t escape the area, thereby resulting in contamination. Additionally, the service provider must restrict entry of unauthorized personnel in the worksite. Ask the renovator to install signages and establish barriers to isolate the area.

 

  • Control the Amount of Dust Generated

 

Ensure your renovator uses chemical strippers that don’t contain methylene chloride, HEPA vacuum, masking tape and power tools that include HEPA filter equipped attachments to keep the amount of dust generated to bare minimum levels. Additionally, the provider must avoid using heat guns on painted surfaces at temperatures exceeding 1,100 degrees fahrenheit. Ask your renovator to use wet sanders and misters that produce less dust as compared to dry ones.

 

Clean the Area

 

Your renovator must clean all the tools and use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to vacuum clean the area. Make sure they collect paint chips and other waste products generated in a heavy-duty bag and seal the opening with a tape. Direct them to dispose the waste on a daily basis. Additionally, they must mist the sheeting before disposing it everyday to ensure toxic wastes do not escape into the environment.

 

Final few Words...

 

In addition to following these guidelines, make sure your renovator has extensive experience in executing multi family renovation projects and understands waste disposal rules laid down by regulating authorities. Last but not the least, make sure a Certified Lead-based Paint Inspector/ Certified Lead-based Paint Risk Assessor performs a dust clearing test at the end of the project.

 

Tags: Multi Family Renovation

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