Lead. Until it was outlawed in the US in 1978, lead-based paint was frequently used in homes and businesses. Exposure to lead-based paint has been shown to cause problems in growth and development, physical and intellectual, in young children. In homes built before 1978 it may be painted over or covered up, but it’s often still there.
When a painter prepares a job, they need to sand or strip existing paint, and often this process kicks up old lead paint dust and chips.
Federal law mandates that this material be dealt with safely to minimize exposure to old paint. If your house was built before 1978, and especially if you have young children, you should hire a painting company that is EPA-certified to handle the hazards of lead paint.
Freedom Painters is certified for Lead Abatement, the higher of the EPA’s two certifications for contractors who encounter lead paint. Read about The Process to find out more about how careful we are to minimize mess and keep old paint out of your air and away from your possessions, even if no lead paint is involved.