Lead used to be a common material used in paint products. Its benefits included helping paint dry faster and to resist moisture that lead to corrosion. There are still millions of older properties worldwide that still have lead paint present, whether that’s internally or externally.
It’s illegal for anyone without an EPA Lead Certification to work on projects that require working with lead paint, and if they are found doing so, can be charged up to $37,500 per day in fines. If you are looking to renovate property or work on a project externally that requires working with lead paint, make sure you take the following steps before undertaking any project with lead paint.
Test for Lead Paint
You might find that that the surface you are working on is not lead paint; and you’ll be able to work on it straight away with any problems. So, always test for lead paint on any surfaces to be 100% sure. Doing this is very easy by buying lead paint testing kits for home use. They are very affordable, easy to use, and provide instant results so you can take preventative steps if needed.
Hire a Professional
Whether you have tested for lead paint or you just know it is present, leave it alone and hire a certified professional to come and remove it. This is a much cheaper and safer option. You can put your health in risk and be subject to hefty fines if you choose to remove lead paint on your own.
Lead-based Paint Removal:
Do It Yourself
If you find that there is a lot of lead work to be dealt with, then it could be more viable for you to get your own EPA lead certification rather than hiring a professional. You can take a variety of courses such as the ZOTA lead certification that will give you the right to complete lead work legally and safely.
Getting an EPA lead certification isn’t always the best option, but once you are certified, you can legally remove lead paint from your home and offer your services to your neighborhood and community.
Lead based paint is very dangerous especially when it comes to children touching painted surfaces. Any work in removing lead paint should be done by a professional or some one you trust who is certified in that area of work.