Lead Abatement Services
The EPA estimates that over 80 percent of all housing in the U.S. built before 1978 contains some lead-based paint on the interior and exterior. If managed properly, lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard. If allowed to deteriorate, however, lead from the paint or lead dust can create serious health hazards. Similarly, without proper precautions, renovations of surfaces with lead-based paint can release lead dust. Lead was originally used in paint for several reasons. It was used as pigment because it made colors more vibrant, it preserved the paint in that it made the paint more weather resistant, it resisted the growth of mold and mildew, and it helped prevent corrosion of metal surfaces.
As lead paint deteriorates, peels, chips, is removed, or pulverizes because of friction such as opening or closing windows, lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it. Lead then enters the body through everyday hand-to-mouth activity and inhalation and can cause serious health effects in children and adults.
Lead Abatement Process
Lead abatement means any measure or set of measures designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Lead abatement can include removal of lead-based paint and dust, the permanent enclosure or encapsulation of lead-based paint, or the replacement of lead-painted surfaces or fixtures.
By 2010, federal law requires that all renovation firms be certified, and that individuals be trained in lead-safe work practices. Mooring is a registered TDSHS Lead Firm and holds an EPA Lead Renovator Certification (RRP-Certified Firm). The purpose of the EPA’s lead-based paint regulations protect the public from hazards or improperly conducted activities and include training and certification requirements for contractor proficiency, accreditation requirements for training programs, and work practice standards to ensure activities are conducted safely, reliably and effectively.
- Texas Department of State Health Services – Environmental Lead Program
- Environmental Protection Agency – Lead
Lead Abatement Licenses
- Certified EPA lead safe firm # NAT-28900-2
- EPA Lead Renovator # R-R-18381-15-00001
- Asbestos Abatement Contractor License # 800954