If you have ever seen an advertisement for a lead abatement contractor like SafeAir Contractors, then you may have wondered what exactly lead abatement is. Today we want to talk a little bit about our company, SafeAir Contractors, and tell you what it is that we do!
What Kind of Company are SafeAir Contractors?
Here at SafeAir Contractors, we specialize in environmental solutions. This means that we survey properties and situations to make them safe for you and for the environment. We do this by addressing various hazardous contaminants. Contaminants including asbestos, mold spores, soil contamination, hazardous waste, and lead paint.
What is Lead Abatement?
Of all of the services that we provide, lead abatement and asbestos abatement are perhaps the most requested.
What is lead abatement? Lead abatement refers to the process of reducing the hazard from the lead paint. This is done by removing the paint or encapsulating it, but always doing so safely. Lead abatement when done improperly can result in further exposure to toxic lead.
How is Lead Abatement Done?
There are two methods of abatement used by a lead abatement company like ours – removal and encapsulation.
Removal is the most radical method of lead paint abatement. This is advised due to lead paint chipping, being damaged, or otherwise being compromised. Lead paint removal is only recommended in these situations because removing lead-contaminated paint can cause toxins to become airborne. Of course, professional companies take precautions to safely remove lead paint and limit airborne particles. It is still preferable, however, to encapsulate lead paint whenever possible.
Lead paint encapsulation is the sealing of lead contaminated paint using an approved sealant material. This prevents lead contaminated paint from chipping, which, as a result, prevents it from becoming dangerous to the environment and to you. Not any old material can be used to encapsulate lead paint, though which is why only certified lead abatement companies can perform this type of job.
How Do You Know What Type of Lead Abatement Is Right for You?
How do you know whether your lead paint should be removed or encapsulated? Companies like ours here at SafeAir Contractors are experienced with the management of lead paint abatement. We can tell from assessing your project whether or not lead paint removal is necessary. If we do not see any sign of chipping or wearing down of your lead paint, though, we will suggest encapsulation as it is the safest method of preventing lead exposure.
Could You Benefit from a Lead Abatement Company?
If you have or suspect that you have lead paint in your home, contact a fully licensed lead abatement company to assess your property. If you are in Ohio or Pennsylvania we here at Safeair Contractors would be happy to help! Just give us a call at 440-639-1191 and we will have one of our assessors out to you to help! Don’t live near Ohio or Pennsylvania? You can find a local lead abatement company by contacting your local state public health and safety department.