If you have reached this page you may be asking yourself "Do I have lead based paint?", "How do I know if this is lead paint?" and "Who do I contact for lead paint removal in Grand Rapids?"
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What is Lead?
Before we get into lead paint removal, we need first to understand what lead is, what lead paint dangers exist and answer the question “what does peeling lead paint look like?”
Simply put, lead is a toxic metal that has been used in many of the materials we make use of, in and around our homes. These materials can be found everywhere – especially in the paint used in older homes. Lead can be emitted into the atmosphere, and when it used with plumbing materials, it can find its way into our drinking water.
Does My Home Michigan Have Lead-Based Paint?
In general, the older your home or property, the more likely it is that it has lead-based paint. This applies to you, whether your home is in the city or in the suburbs, your property is a commercial/ industrial facility, your home is a public or single family home, apartments, etc. If you live in or own an older property, the probability that you have lead-based paint is very high.
Some of the more common sources of lead Michigan include:
Paint: almost all properties built before 1978 have lead-based paint. While some states stopped the use of lead-based paint before 1978, it was in 1978 that the federal government banned all lead-based paint.
Soil: there is a possibility that soil is contaminated with lead by paint chips falling to the ground and getting ground up into the soil. It is dangerous for children to play in, to inhale or ingest lead dust.
Dust: there is a chance that the dust in your home can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint as well as from soil tracked into a house or facility.
Water: lead or lead solder may be present in plumbing materials. You cannot taste, smell or see lead and contrary to popular believe, boiling water will not help you get rid of lead from water.
Job: people who work with lead run the risk of taking it home on their clothes or hands. Always take a thorough bath and change clothes before coming home after work. You should do work clothes laundry separate from your other clothes.
Other places we might encounter lead:
Lead may also be present in vintage furniture and painted toys.
It is possible for food to become contaminated from the lead leach from lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain container.
Engaging in hobbies that involve the use of lead-based materials, e.g., making pottery, stained glass, or finishing furniture.
Medical: the sheets used for shielding in X-ray facilities typically contain lead. Care is needed when decommissioning.
Firearms: bullets collected at shooting ranges are a potential lead hazard.
Folk remedies: used to treat an upset stomach contains lead for example, “greta” and “azarcon."
Lead Paint Dangers
Lead paint can be quite dangerous, and it can cause many health complications such as learning disabilities, behavioral changes, seizures and even death. Young children face the highest risk of lead paint dangers, so much that Childhood lead poisoning is now a major problem the country faces today.
How is lead paint ingested?
Eating peeling lead paint chips or soil that contains lead.
Placing hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths.
Inhaling lead dust, mainly when engaged in renovations that disturb lead-based painted surfaces.
Why is lead more dangerous to children?
It isn’t uncommon for young kids and babies to put their hands and other objects in their mouth. If there’s lead in your home, there’s a good chance that they will put items that contain lead dust into their mouth.
More lead is absorbed by kids’ growing bodies and Children's brains, and nervous systems are generally more sensitive to lead and its effect than adults.
Signs of Lead Paint Poison in Children
Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
Damage to the brain and nervous system
Symptoms of Lead Paint Poison in Adults
Muscle and joint pain
Memory and concentration problems
High blood pressure and hypertension
Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
How to Remove Lead Paint
Lead paint removal in Michigan cannot be a DIY project! The best and only way to effectively get rid of lead paint for good is to enlist the services of professionals – professionals like us.
We are the top lead abatement company in West Michigan to call for all your lead abatement service needs. Exposure to lead paint mainly as the paint breaks and begins to chip off and flake can lead to severe health problems.
We Follow EPA Guidelines
Because kids under the age of 6 are highly vulnerable to lead paint exposure, and the new EPA guidelines apply particularly to what the agency refers to as child-occupied facilities. These are buildings, private or public where kids below the age of 6 are present. They include hospitals, daycare, schools and other institutions where children may be present.
Abate-Pro – expert lead-based paint abatement professionals serving Grand Rapid as well as the state of Michigan – have the knowledge and experience required to handle lead abatement jobs of all sizes, be it a private residence or a public facility.
Contact us today with any questions you may have and our experienced estimators will provide the answers you need to make your lead removal process as quick and as easy as possible!
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