Properties before 1960 have the most lead paint. Lead was added to paint as pigment and to speed drying, increase durability, retain a fresh appearance and resist moisture. Lead paint can be present on any painted surface, but it is most often found on windows, trims, doors, railings, columns, porches and outside walls.
The Oregon DEQ says “Lead Paint Abatement and Inspection refers to work that is done for the specific purpose of permanently removing lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards from a home. To perform lead-based paint abatement requires additional specialized training. Lead paint abatement services include abatement, inspection and risk assessment.”
We at ATEZ are certified in all aspects of lead paint abatement.
Lead and other heavy metals in paint can be extremely toxic to living organisms. It is especially dangerous to children under age six whose bodies are still developing. Lead causes nervous system damage, hearing loss, stunted growth, reduced IQ, and delayed development. It can also cause kidney damage. Lead affects every organ system of the body. In adults, lead causes high blood pressure, digestion problems, nerve disorders, memory problems, and muscle and joint issues.
Peeling, deteriorating or damaged lead paint is dangerous. Lead dust can be released from peeling or damaged paint, or by by friction (doors, door jambs or door casings, windows, window frames and casings, paint on floors) or by impact surfaces (doors, baseboards, stairs, etc.), or by sanding or scraping paint in older homes or buildings. Lead dust can settle on floors, window sills and other surfaces where it can get into children’s mouths by their hands, or with activity can be inhaled.
ATEZ, Inc specializes in lead based paint sampling. With our portable, handheld XRF instrument, we can have lead-based paint level readings on site, and produce a lead paint levels report.
We can either remove the lead-based paint, or encapsulate it. Please call us about your lead paint needs.
Call us at (541) 995-6008, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.