Thursday, 14 February 2013

Renovate Right The Rules of Lead Safety

The RRP rule applies to residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978. Homes built before 1978 where commonly painted with lead based paint 30 years later that paint starts to chip and crack causing all kinds of health concerns for you and your family. Contractors, landlords, and property managers are subject to the RRP rule, although individual homeowners and tenants doing work on their personal residence are exempt. The EPA found that 60% of firms inspected in 2011 had not yet been certified to perform RRP work. It's not fear of fines that should motivate contractors to comply with lead safety rules but the people they can seriously harm on the receiving end of lead paint dust. NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) maintains an online database on RRP compliance, training, and certification requirements members can access this info for free. For full article, links to NAHB RRP info, and a list of states that self enforce RRP rules follow the link If you own a home built before 1978 and want to conduct repairs to damaged paint or renovate always test for lead first. You can purchase easy to use lead test kits in most hardware stores and know exactly what your dealing with. If you have lead paint in your home and need to remove it hiring a certified contractor is a safe option but not everyone can afford to do this. EcoSolve Americas provides affordable paint removal products that can safely remove lead paint when safe lead paint removal procedures are carefully followed. Check out this EcoSolve Blog on recommended EPA lead removal practices and stay safe! EcoSolve's Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can effectively remove lead paint without creating dust by encasing the contaminated material and keeping it wet while softening for easier removal. Home Strip is a water based gel stripper that has been EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical stripping. For more info on EcoSolve and there safe solutions for paint removal please visit    

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