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Commercial Lead Paint Removal

Ensure the safety of your building with commercial lead paint removal from the industry leaders at Green Demo. Serving a wide range of commercial businesses and industrial clients, we provide safe removal and demolition of lead painted materials by experienced hazmat technicians. We take pride in offering efficient and cost effective solutions to keep your downtime and financial impact to a minimum.

Lead Paint Removal Vancouver

Why Was Lead Added to Paint?

Lead was added to paint for several reasons - it made the paint dry quicker, allowed it to be more durable, and made for more vibrant colours. Interestingly enough, the quantity of lead varies in different types of paint, and even differs among various colours. Paint made with white lead pigment provided a particularly durable product. It was until 1990 that Canadian paint manufactures stopped adding lead to paint. 

Where Do You Find Lead Paint?​

Lead can be found in a wide variety of paints, both on the interior and exterior of buildings. Paint made before 1950 typically contained high quantites of lead - sometimes up to 50% lead by dry weight. 

If your building was constructed before 1960, there's a good chance you have a layer or two of lead paint on the interior walls. For buildings constructed between 1960 and 1990 then it's not as likely you'll find lead paint inside, but you may very well have lead paint on the exterior of your building. If it was built after 1990, you don't need to be too concerned about finding lead paint on any of your walls. These are just some guidelines, the only way to know for sure if you're dealing with lead paint is to get it tested. ​

The Hidden Dangers of Lead Paint 

Most people can agree that chipping paint doesn't look great, but what many people don't know is just how dangerous this can be if the paint is lead based. When lead paint chips and crumbles into dust, it becomes extremely hazardous for you and your family, your employees, and your customers.

If lead paint is crumbling and flaking off the wall, you are exposed to lead by inhaling the released lead dust, as well as potentially ingesting lead after coming into contact with the flakes of paint. People can also be exposed to lead through contaminated soil and water, but exposure to lead paint dust is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. 

Lead poisoning causes many health issues for both children and adults, including the following:

  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Kidney damage
  • Stunted growth and mental development in children
  • Note: Children, pregnant women, and pets are at higher risk of lead poisoning

Safe Lead Paint Removal

Did you know that removal of any material with lead paint on it requires specific considerations to avoid inhaling lead paint dust? Before starting any demolition of lead painted items it's important to first test the paint for lead to determine whether it has lead, and if so, how much lead is present. If there are high levels of lead present in the paint, it's important to also do a leachability test. 

The removal of lead paint needs to be taken seriously. The proper precautions must be taken to avoid inhaling or spreading lead paint dust, and also to protect the environment from any leachable lead once it's been disposed of.  ​

You can rest assured that our lead paint removal techniques are compliant with WorkSafeBC standards. We are fully insured and carry pollution insurance coverage. 

Does your office feature lead paint?

If your building was constructed between 1960 and 1990, then you're likely to have a layer of lead paint coating your walls.

Tell us a bit about your concerns or upcoming project and we'll get you a free quote. Not quite sure what needs to be done? No problem - we're happy to provide advice and options for dealing with lead paint safely.

 

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