Does Your Home Contain Lead? – Tollefson Bros Exteriors Bloomington, Minnesota

Do you know if your home contains lead?

Did you know that on average about 75% of homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. The older the home, the more likely it is to contain lead-based paint. You should assume that any home built before 1978 contains some lead.

Lead paint poisoning affects over one million children today. Adverse health effects include learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and speech delays. If not done in a lead-safe manner, renovations and repair activities that disturb lead-based paint can expose children, as well as adults, to harmful levels of lead dust.

Exterior Lead Paint Removal - Tollefson Bros Exteriors Bloomington Minnesota

On April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe work practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning in children. On April 22, 2010, the rule became effective and firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 must be trained and certified by the EPA-accredited and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable. You can protect yourself and your family from lead by following the appropriate remodeling safety procedures and hiring a contractor that is certified in lead-safe work practices. The following publications are provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Complete the form below and you will be able to view and download this helpful information.

Exterior Lead Paint Removal – Lead paint was used on exterior surfaces because it stood up to weather and sunlight. Prevent lead exposure by following these simple work practices.

Replacing Doors, Windows and Trim – It may be easier and faster to replace an entire building component rather than remove the paint from it. Find out how to accomplish this safely on this page.

Lead Waste Clean-up and Disposal – After all the work is done, this is the most important step. Learn how to properly clean-up and what to do with the project waste.

Contact Tollefson Bros. Exteriors for a free estimate on all of your exterior remodeling needs: siding, roofing, windows, doors, gutters and more. Tollefson Bros Exteriors has served Minneapolis and surrounding communities for over 25 years.

 

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