Lead Paint Removal in Flagstaff
Lead Paint Removal in Flagstaff
American Abatement provides Lead Paint Removal in Flagstaff and around Arizona. We are certified by the EPA #NAT-F177989-1 as a Lead-Safe contractor and all workers are EPA Lead Trained and Certified. Our team are experts at preparing the area for removal, which includes pre-cleaning, placement of critical barriers, construction of air tight containment using poly. Creating negative pressure. Workers wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment, using water where required, with cleanup of debris and dust with HEPA vacuums. All waste is properly containerized, labeled, and disposed at EPA approved facilities. We have performed lead paint removal in Flagstaff for over 25 years.
We provide lead paint removal from commercial buildings, homes, bridges, and industrial facilities. We have performed chemical stripping, sandblasting, soda blasting, and mechanical stripping from steel structures and wood. In addition to removing lead-based paint in place, we have performed component removal as well. We have successfully completed thousands of lead paint removal projects in our 25 years. We take safety for the customer and our workers very seriously. This is shown by our below average workers comp rate of .89. This means we are safer than the average of 1.0. All our workers are very experienced in lead paint removal. We have used several methods to remove lead paint like, chemical strippers, sand blasting, soda blasting, hand scrapping.
What is Lead Paint?
Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing negative health effects. It was used extensively in the US Navy on ships. It was used anywhere that a strong long lasting paint was required. Builders discovered its great properties and began using on structures.
Where can lead paint be found?
The most common concern for humans comes from lead-based paint. It was used extensively in the ’40s through the ’60s. It was a very durable and easy to apply paint. When it deteriorates it can easily be ingested. The persons that are at greatest danger are small children in their developmental stage. See Lead Health Risks. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Much of our exposure comes from human activities including burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing. Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.
Lead may enter the environment from these past and current uses. Lead can also be emitted into the environment from industrial sources and contaminated sites, such as former lead smelters. While natural levels of lead in soil range between 50 and 400 parts per million, mining, smelting, and refining activities have resulted in substantial increases in lead levels in the environment, especially near mining and smelting sites.
When lead is released to the air from industrial sources or vehicles, it may travel long distances before settling to the ground, where it usually sticks to soil particles. Lead may move from soil into ground water depending on the type of lead compound and the characteristics of the soil.
Federal and state regulatory standards have helped to minimize or eliminate the amount of lead in air, drinking water, soil, consumer products, food, and occupational settings.
How do you know it is lead paint?
Although you might suspect that you have some lead paint in your home, there’s no way to be 100% sure without a proper lead inspection.
This usually involves an EPA-certified inspector using a special tool called an XRF analyzer. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis fires x-ray beams into a paint sample and then measures the resulting energy signatures to determine how much lead is present.
Lead inspectors use handheld XRF analyzers, which resemble radar guns, to methodically check all painted surfaces. A measurement of more than 0.5 milligrams of lead per square centimeter is considered positive for lead-based paint.
Why is it important to remove lead paint?
It is very important to remove lead paint from your home, especially when children are present. The sweet taste of lead paint will entice children to eat it. This is a very serious situation. Lead paint also causes many health problems, like for people with respiratory diseases, like COPD, and asthma.
What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
Initially, lead poisoning can be hard to detect — even people who seem healthy can have high blood levels of lead. Signs and symptoms usually don’t appear until dangerous amounts have accumulated.
SIGNS and SYMPTOMS of LEAD POISONING in CHILDREN INCLUDE:
- Developmental delay
- Learning difficulties
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Sluggishness and fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing loss
- Eating things, such as paint chips, that aren’t food (pica)
Lead poisoning symptoms in adults INCLUDE:
Although children are primarily at risk, lead poisoning is also dangerous for adults. Signs and symptoms in adults might include:
- High blood pressure
- Joint and muscle pain
- Difficulties with memory or concentration
- Abdominal pain
- Mood disorders
- Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm
- Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women
How can American Abatement help remove lead paint?
We are certified by the EPA #NAT-F177989-1 as a Lead-Safe contractor and all workers are EPA Lead Trained and Certified. We can remove lead paint in a safe manner, and a fair price. We do a through proposal, and cover all seen and expected conditions, so you will not be surprised with price increases. We work around your schedule, making it a painless process.
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