Removing lead is a hazardous job, and being aware of the terms and entities involved in the process will help you safely prepare for the project. Lead paint abatement should always be done only after you have checked with your local health department for guidelines. Even then, you should consider hiring a contractor. If possible, it is always best to let a certified professional do the work. Regardless of who handles the job, make sure all of the proper safety precautions are taken for your family or clients, and make sure that proper follow-up testing is done to make sure the abatement was successful. Learn more about these key terms: abatement, encapsulation,methylene chloride,
HEPA vacuum, paint chalking and the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
AbatementAbatement is the removal of lead-based paints through a heat gun, chemical means, removing or replacing its components, scraping it off or using an encapsulating material.
EncapsulationEncapsulation of lead-based paint as a removal method involves painting or applying a liquid, durable or rigid material to cover the original paint. It is an option where the original paint is still intact and is a less expensive option than sanding or scraping.
Methylene chlorideDo not use chemical removers that contain methylene chloride for lead abatement. Methylene chloride is common in general paint strippers.
HEPA vacuumHigh efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums have a special filter that traps the lead dust particles.
Michigan Department of Community Health.
Paint chalkingPaint chalking is just as hazardous as peeling, chipping or cracking when it comes to lead-based paints. It is when a fine powder residue develops on your painted surface.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees established contractor guidelines for lead-based paint removal.
HUD's stance on lead-based paint and what needs to be done about it.