The main reason for using a lead paint removal contractor is that it can be a potentially dangerous task. Especially if the property was built before 1970 and still has the original paint on its walls, anyone who lives in a house with lead paint should take steps to ensure the safety of their family. It’s imperative to keep children away from areas where there is chipped or cracked paint. Luckily, we have some great tips on removing lead based paint. Keep reading to find out.

What You Need To Know About Lead Paint Removal

Although lead-based paints were banned in Australia in 1970, many homes built before this time are still at risk of containing this health hazard. You can also find lead paint in old furniture and toys manufactured before the ban.

Lead poisoning is caused by breathing in or ingesting lead particles. When inhaled, lead particles are absorbed by the lungs and transported to the brain, liver, kidneys and bones. Although it’s most common among children, it can affect people of all ages. Exposure to lead causes:

  • Brain and nervous system damage
  • Stomach and kidney problems
  • Reproductive problems
  • High blood pressure and hypertension
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral problems 
  • It can also cause anemia, coma and even death in high doses. 
  1. Tips for Removing Lead Paint
  2. Test For The Presence Of Lead

If you built your home before 1965, there’s a good chance it contains some amount of lead paint. Before any renovation or demolition work begins, have a professional test for the presence of lead with an XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) machine. The results of this test will inform how lead paint should be removed safely from your home.

2. Call In A Professional

While it is possible to remove lead paint yourself, it is not recommended unless you have experience working with hazardous materials. If you are unsure whether you have enough knowledge, expertise, and personal protective equipment (PPE), you should hire a professional.

3. Wear Protective Clothing:

If you decide to take on this project yourself, make sure you wear proper protective clothing at all times while working around old paint chips or dust that may contain lead particles. It includes a respirator mask (rated for lead), long pants/sleeves, gloves, and goggles/glasses with side shields on them.

Seal Off the Room: Make sure there is no way for children or pets.

4. Remove All Loose Paint.

Never sand or burn off lead paint. Sanding or burning off lead paint can be extremely dangerous because it creates dust, the most common way people are exposed. If the paint is peeling off, you can remove it safely by scraping and sanding it.

Do not use a heat gun. When using heat guns on lead paints, they release toxic fumes that emit toxic fumes into the air that are unfriendly and harmful to your health.

      5. Scraping

If you don’t want to use a chemical stripper, scraping is another option to remove lead paint from your property. The process isn’t as easy as using a chemical stripper, but it gets the job done. You will need to be patient while scraping off the old lead paint since this method takes time.

Avoid dry scraping of lead paint. Dry scraping of painted surfaces should never be done when dealing with lead paints; This will result in dust that will get into your lungs if inhaled or consumed by your mouth if swallowed.

      6. Wet Scraping and Sanding

You can combine scraping with wet sanding to make the job easier when removing old lead paint from your property. It would help to wet sand before scraping off all the loose paint because this will soften up the color to be scraped easily. However, keep in mind that this method creates dangerous dust.

Use wet cleaning methods for painted surfaces, To minimize dust. Wet cleaning methods should always be used when dealing with painted surfaces containing lead paints to prevent them from spreading in your home environment or outside where children play or where families live nearby.

       7. Clean Up

 After sanding or water blasting, wash down the area with trisodium phosphate (TSP) and hot water and let dry thoroughly before repainting or applying new wallpaper.” Clean up carefully with HEPA vacuums and wet mops; don’t sweep or dry lead dust. Please wash your hands frequently and keep children from playing in dirty areas after being cleaned. Vacuum window sills often since they collect dust easily. Throw away sponges and rags used during clean-up.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead paint is most dangerous when it is deteriorating or disturbed during renovation or repair work, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If you have a home built before 1978, you should at least test for lead before you start renovating or repairing it, according to HUD. And if you built your house before 1960, you should assume that lead paint is present somewhere.