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Lead Abatement

lead abatementAny house built before 1979 more than likely contains lead.

At American Mold & Restoration we understand the dangers of lead in your home and we have experience in lead abatement to deal with it properly. Lead is a heavy metal used in many materials and products before the health risks were known. Lead is a toxin (poison) that can harm people, especially young children.

Children 6 years old and younger are most at risk because their bodies are still developing. A young childs exposure to lead can cause learning and behavioral problems and possibly damage their brains, kidneys and other organs.

Certain products, such as lead paint used in older houses before 1978, lead pipes used in plumbing, and leaded gasoline were used before harmful health effects were recognized. Although laws now prevent lead from being used in many products, there can still be lead hazards in and around many homes. Lead can get into the air, water, food, soil and, even dust, and when lead is swallowed, it can lead to serious health problems, especially for young children.

Young children often put things in their mouths creating a way for lead to enter the body. The way most children are exposed to harmful levels of lead is through lead-contaminated paint and dust. Lead dust is either breathed in or taken in as dust is licked off surfaces.

WHAT IS LEAD ABATEMENT?

lead safe certified firmAbatement includes all actions necessary to control any hazards posed by the presence of lead. At AMR, abatement is done in accordance with the strictest of industry protocols.

The abatement work procedures are carefully planned to ensure that any person outside the controlled area will not be at risk. Our workers wear all appropriate protection inside the work area.

Preparation involves setting up an enclosure with plastic sheeting, sealing up all windows, doors, ventilation ducts and other openings to prevent the spread of lead dust. If appropriate, the area will be placed under negative air pressure to ensure that no air will leak from the controlled area into adjacent areas.

Removal is done in such a way as to minimize the disturbance of the material. Water may be used to prevent harmful dust from spreading. The abated material is placed in commercial-grade plastic bags and then disposed of appropriately, according to local government regulations.