Before the 1970s, household paint contained lead. And as lead paint ages, it can chip or crumble into dust. Exposure to lead-paint dust or chips can cause serious health problems. My son and I take great care in the handling and removal of old layers of paint from start to finish in the restoration process. We have seen other restoration contractors put themselves and their customers at risk whether it be lack of training, sloppy work methods, or cutting corners to save time and increase profits. It’s scary to think that these shoddy methods of removing paint from your home increase the risk of lead exposure. But the danger of lead poisoning is real. Children and pregnant women in particular are at even higher risk.
My son and I take pride in the final result of restoring historical millworking, but the process along the way is something that is serious and methodical. If you are to hire a team to restore areas of your home that have lead paint, you would need to see proper sealing off of the area. Care is taken to prevent dust and fumes containing lead to get into the air. Heating and ventilation ducts are covered and the restoration site is cleaned up each day. Any power tools used in the paint removal process has filtration systems and debris is disposed of carefully.