Why Do I Need a Lead Certified Contractor?
Since becoming lead certified requires a great deal of time and money, many contractors forgo it. Hedlund Painting, however, has made it a top priority. If you live in an older home, however, a lead certified contract is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
With a lead certified contractor by your side, you can significantly reduce lead hazards and ensure that all lead dust is confined to the work area. Without one, you may be putting your family’s health and safety on the line.
Why is Lead Harmful?
Lead can take a serious toll on your family’s health and wellness. If you have children, it can hinder their brain and nervous systems and in the worst case scenario lead to learning disabilities or behavioral issues. For adults, lead can result in high blood pressure and hypertension.
If you hire a painting contractor, they’ll likely disturb the old paint in your home. When they do this through scraping, sanding, or other typical preparation techniques, dust will likely arise. Dust can expose you and your loved ones to lead. That’s why, you need a contractor who has been certified who will prevent this situation.
How Do I Know If My Home Has Lead?
If your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance it has lead. Our team can use an approved lead test kit to determine whether or not it is present. In the event that it is, we’ll be happy to explain how we can take certain safety precautions to ensure a safe project from inception to completion.
Can I Verify a Lead-Safe Contractor?
Absolutely! To confirm that a contractor has received a lead-safe certification, visit www.epa.gov/getleadsafe or call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323. You can also contact the Washington State Department of Commerce at [email protected] or 360-586-5323 (LEAD). Hedlund Painting’s certification number is R-I-3591-15-00761.