Today, at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. Lead exposure has no obvious symptoms.
Even small amounts in your home are unsafe.
The EPA introduced a "ban and phase out" of lead based paint for use in homes in 1978. Still, lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
4 Places You May Find Lead in Your Home
MESS knows where to find lead in your home, and how to safely remove it.
When renovating your older home, you (or your contractor) are likely to sand, cut, paint, and replace items like doors and windows resulting in the release of toxic lead dust particles.
Even if you're not remodeling, painted surfaces that continuosly rub together, such as doors and older style windows, will release dust particles and chips into the air. If your home is older, there is a good chance that the paint is lead based.
M.E.S.S. is a state certified lead-safe contractor trained to safely remove lead, and most importantly, assure the air in your home or business is safe to breath.
MESS is EPA Lead-Safe Certified.
As of April 22, 2010, anyone who performs renovations, repairs, or painting in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities must be Lead-Safe Certified by the EPA or an EPA-Authorized state. Individuals and firms that are not certified could face fines of up to $37,500 per day.
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