• A Look at the History of Lead Paint

    Lead was originally used in paint because it added strength, durability, and particularly for those paints used on houses. Unfortunately at that time, people were unaware of the dangers of lead, especially the effects of lead poisoning on children. To learn more about the history of lead paint and the dangers of lead exposure, watch this short video. You’ll also learn more about lead poisoning symptoms and how to go about addressing lead paint in your home.

    If you suspect or are concerned that lead-based paint is in your home, contact a lead paint removal company in the Bay Area. Lead paint removal should only be performed by licensed and insured professionals. To schedule a lead-based paint assessment, contact Environmental Remedies, Inc. toll-free at (888) 839-5572. ERI is Diamond Certified to provide lead abatement in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California.

  • Q&A About Lead Paint Assessment and Abatement

    If your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance that the paint on your walls, doors, windows, and sills may contain lead. Exposure to lead can have a wide range of adverse health effects, including chronic fatigue, hearing loss, nausea, anemia, hypertension, and more. Lead is also particularly dangerous to young children, as exposure at a young age can result in physical and mental development disorders. Considering the dangers of lead exposure, it’s important that you hire a lead inspection company in the Bay Area to perform a risk assessment and, if necessary, lead abatement. Here are answers to some of the questions you may have about lead paint assessment and abatement.

    Q: Should I be worried about lead-based paint? Q&A about Lead Paint Assessment and Abatement the Bay Area
    A: If you live in or will be moving into a home or apartment complex that was built before 1978, you should have your living space inspected to determine the presence of lead-based paint. Even if your home was built after 1978, a lead paint assessment can resolve your concerned about possible lead exposure.

    Q: What’s the difference between a lead paint inspection and risk assessment?
    A: Although inspections and risk assessments both are used to determine the presence of lead-based paint, a risk assessment typically determines additional lead-based paint hazards and provides suggested ways to control these hazards. Inspections and risk assessments can only be performed by certified lead inspectors or risk assessors.

    Q: How much does lead-based paint removal cost?
    A: The cost to remove lead-based paint from your home depends on several different factors, including the size of your home and the amount of lead-based paint that needs to be removed. A lead paint assessment and abatement company serving the Bay Area can provide you with a quote so you know how much it will cost.

  • Steps to Take Before Beginning Abatement

    Whether you’re dealing with lead, mold, or asbestos, a professional environmental services company can make sure that your home is safe by getting rid of these harmful substances through an abatement process. However, there are a few steps you need to take before the professionals can come in and remove asbestos, mold, or lead from your home.

    • Remove personal belongings and appliances from the area(s) of your home in which abatement will be occurring
    • Curtain rods and other fixtures that are attached to walls and ceilings should be removed to allow for containment during abatement
    • Turn off HVAC equipment
    • Additional preparation may be requested

    Depending on the size and scope of the abatement project, you may also need to make arrangements to stay with friends or family while your home is rid of mold, lead, or asbestos. An abatement company in the Bay Area will inform you of how long the process should take and whether or not you’ll be allowed to stay in your home during the removal.

    Safety During Asbestos Abatement

  • What’s the Problem with Popcorn Ceilings

    Popcorn ceilings were very popular between the 1950s and 1980s in America. Although they are exceedingly rare these days, lots of homes in the Bay Area still have these unsightly textured ceilings. However, the fact that popcorn ceilings give homes a dated look isn’t the only reason to have them removed. Here are some of the top reasons you should contact a popcorn ceiling removal company in the Bay Area about having your popcorn ceiling removed.

    Risk of Asbestos

    Problem with Popcorn Ceilings in the Bay AreaOne of the primary reasons people seek popcorn ceiling removal is to reduce their risk of asbestos exposure. Any popcorn ceilings that predate 1978 likely contain asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Because you may not know the exact date that your popcorn ceiling was built, you should err on the side of caution and have it removed. For that matter, if your home dates before 1978, have asbestos and lead-paint testing performed to protect yourself and your family.

    Hard to Maintain
    In addition to the serious health risks posed by popcorn ceilings, they are also very hard to maintain. Popcorn ceilings constantly need to be cleaned to remove dirt that trapped in the crevices and recesses of the ceiling. They are also very difficult to paint for the very same reason, as it’s quite difficult to get paint in between all of the tiny crevices.

    Dated Appearance
    You don’t really need much else of a reason to remove your popcorn ceilings than you simply don’t like the way they look. Popcorn ceilings instantly give a dated look, which can take away from your efforts to achieve a modern feel. Popcorn ceiling removal professionals can quickly get rid of this dated ceiling material so you can start fresh and have the interior space you really want.