This gem was a home that my team and I helped to restore. We installed fresh siding, painted the exterior, and installed slider doors in the back of the house!
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If your home was built before 1978 when the use of lead paint was banned, then there are certain precautions that you and your contractor need to take before beginning any work on your house that will disturb the paint on the inside or outside of your home. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency began requiring that contractors who disturb painted surfaces of houses, schools, and child care facilities be certified to work with lead paint. This certification is called the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) certification and ensures that certified contractors have been trained to safely work on buildings that may have been painted with lead-based paint to prevent potential lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can occur when lead-based paint is ingested or its dust is inhaled. When a surface painted with lead paint is disturbed by activities like scraping, sanding, drilling, or sawing, dust or chips may be thrown into the air, creating a potential hazard. RRP certified contractors know how to safely handle these jobs and the cleanup required to prevent poisoning. RRP certified contractors like John Temmel at Temmel Siding are trained by EPA-approved training facilities and are certified by their state. Some states have slightly different rules than the federal rules, but all certified contractors are trained by a federally-approved facility. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia’s RRP rules closely follow those laid out by the EPA. Remember that lead paint is only a threat if the painted surface is disturbed or if the surface suffers from weather or time related damage like chipping or peeling. If your walls appear to be in good shape and you are not planning on having any work done on your home, your risk factor for lead poisoning is very low as lead only poses a threat if it is inhaled or ingested. However, if you are concerned, you can find more information about having your home tested at: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadtest.pdf. photo credit: Vanessa / photoxpress
Did you know that if your home was built before 1978 and you’re having any exterior renovations completed that could lead to paint chip residue, you must have your home tested to see if your paint is lead-based. Back in the day, lead-based paint was used and since the turn of the century, it was discovered that the lead could cause brain damage in small children and other serious health problems in adults if paint chips were consumed. If the paint on your home does contain lead, your contractor has a very strict lead-removal process to adhere to and if your contractor is caught by the EPA doing it incorrectly, he/she could be charged $32,500! You’re probably wondering why lead was ever put in paint to begin with. Back in the day, lead enhanced the color of the paint. When modern technology was introduced, people found other safer products to help enhance paint colors. We are currently removing lead-based exterior paint from a home in Midtown, which involves the following:
- Wearing very specific clothing items, such as protective goggles, suits and masks
- Putting plastic barriers all around the premise to catch any lead when stripping the paint
- Putting hazardous signs all around the premise to keep people, especially children, away
Our current project is to perform several exterior renovations and improvements on a home in Lilburn, GA. As you can see in the photo below, we need to perform stucco removed because the original stucco is damaged. We also plan to replace the shutters, the repair the siding and perform exterior painting. Stripping and replacing the siding will take a couple of days. The first step will be to place plywood all around the house to help with strength. The next step will be to wrap the house with a moisture barrier and then place fresh new siding on top. We will then repaint the house with the customer’s color of choice and put the gutters and lights back on.