Some ways of removing lead paint actually increase the risk of exposure. Lead paint that is chipping or peeling needs to be removed or covered. Painted surfaces that rub on one another, such as windows and doors require attention to stop the friction that can cause dust. If your house is old you may most definitely have lead paint.
We do both in-house and off-site paint stripping. In the case of lead paint removal, it is advisable to remove the wood and strip the lead paint off-site to minimize lead dust in your home. If we strip on site, (usually moldings and items that cannot be removed), we will work in one area at a time. All furniture must be removed in that room. We enclose the space with plastic and tape the flaps shut. Forced air should be turned off in the area and vents covered. We first remove the lead paint with liquid paint remover, wet sanding and or heat stripping. We then use sanding techniques after all the lead paint has been removed. Our sanding machines hook up to a fine dust collection vacuum. We also do a daily clean up that consists of vacuuming all surfaces and we dispose of the lead paint according to state regulations.
It is wise to inform any renters or people living in the building that work is being done that may contain lead. Proper washing of hands is advisable after passing through the area and children should be kept free of the work space. A thorough cleaning of the area is advised after all remodeling and finish has been completed. In the case of doors, windows, and foyers, the amount of on site stripping is usually minimal. For large areas of lead paint, it is wise to look into encapsulating the surface with a special paint and or seeking Abatement Services that are preformed by New York state certified & licensed professionals.
We do lead removal on Doors and Windows in the NEW YORK AREA. Check us out at www.urbanboatworks.com