Lead Paint Abatement
Lead Paint Abatement Certified Company
Since it was founded in 1991, Alpine has led the industry in advancing awareness about the dangers of lead paint as well as championing the best lead paint abatement procedures. We strive to deliver superior customer service and provide peace of mind, while creating safe, healthy environments for our clients. As a lead abatement certified company, we’re eager to put our decades’ worth of experience in lead paint removal to work for you.
The Alpine Difference
All of Alpine’s lead abatement crews are fully licensed and trained, as well as insured for environmental liability and workers compensation.
We custom-fit our work to provide the best possible solutions for our clients. Our ability to accommodate different schedules and scopes of work makes the lead abatement process as painless and efficient as possible.
Lead Paint Abatement vs. Lead Paint Removal
Although “lead paint removal” is a commonly used phrase, lead paint abatement is actually the correct term to describe treatment of lead paint hazards. Lead paint removal is misleading because lead paint can’t be completely removed from surfaces. The lead paint hazard is mitigated by scraping, chemical peeling, and other methods before being re-stained or painted to seal any remaining lead residue.
Lead Paint Abatement Process
Lead Paint Testing
Before beginning the lead abatement process, lead paint testing must be completed to determine the affected areas. Generally, the building must be inspected by a licensed lead paint inspector before any abatement is done. To avoid conflict of interest, lead abatement contractors are legally unable to carry out inspection. However, we have several knowledgeable and thorough inspectors we refer our clients to. Once they inspect your property a detailed lead inspection report is generated.
Lead Paint Inspection Report
With the lead inspection report in-hand we then schedule an appointment to examine the contaminated site. We then review the lead inspection report and our site review findings with you, making sure you understand all of the details.
Lead Paint Abatement Plan
Based on the lead inspection plan, our site review, and our conversation with you, we develop a detailed lead abatement proposed scope of work and price. Once a contract has been signed, the actual lead paint abatement work will begin.
Lead Paint Abatement Work
All of Alpine’s lead abatement crew member are licensed, trained and experienced in all lead abatement methods: scraping the paint, replacing any painted features, chemically stripping the paint, and encapsulating, or covering, non-peeling painted surfaces with a special encapsulating paint.
Contact us today for a free lead paint abatement proposal!
Lead Paint Abatement FAQ
What is the history of lead?
For thousands of years, lead has been used extensively in countless applications. Its low melting point, malleability, and corrosion resistance made it a favorite for early civilizations. The Romans lined their aqueducts and plumbing systems with it. Lead was in their cooking utensils, cosmetics and pottery. Lead has been put into paint since its use by the ancient Greeks. In the US, lead was commonly added to most types of paint until it was finally banned in 1978.
What can cause lead contamination?
One of the most common sources of lead is the dust created during repair, renovations or painting projects in older structures. Lead paint exists in virtually every building constructed prior to 1978 so it can pose a problem in a suburban Cape Cod as easily as a recently renovated urban apartment or condominium.
How are children poisoned by lead?
Inhaling or ingesting lead dust and lead paint is the most common way children are poisoned. Lead dust can come from repairs made to lead painted areas, and even from normal wear and tear to lead painted surfaces like opening and closing windows. Lead dust settles on window sills, walls and floors, and then onto children’s hands and toys where it is carried to their mouths. In some cases, a child will chew or suck on lead painted surfaces due to its sweet taste.
Where should I start if I suspect lead might be present?
Of all the decisions you will need to make if lead is found to be present, the most critical one is your selection of a lead abatement contractor. Reviewing references or online reviews will help you determine whether they are experienced and qualified to handle your type of project – for both safety and quality. In addition, as a further protection, make sure a contractor can provide you with a valid insurance certificate indicating proper workers compensation and specific “environmental pollution” liability coverage for Lead Paint.