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Where to 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.
why add lead to paint?
Up until 1990, Canadian paint manufacturers added lead to paint for several reasons - it made the paint dry quicker, increased durabilty, 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.
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.
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.
What to expect
Green Demo can safely remove lead paint or demolish any lead painted materials, offering a unified, cost effective solution to help you keep your home safe for your family.
Green Demo is a hazmat removal and demolition company servicing a wide range of clients, including residential customers. We offer lead paint removal services throughout the lower mainland and British Columbia.