why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

Removing Lead-Based Paint From Window Frames And Walls

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The recent events in Flint, Michigan, have once again shed light on the problem of lead paint and children. Many cities may not have the problem with the water systems that Flint is having, but many cities still have problems with lead paint in older homes - especially around window frames and walls. Lead paint, when ingested by small children, can lead to brain damage and development problems. If you live in an older home and are worried about lead in the paint being around, here is how you can remove the chipped and flaky old paint before you put on a fresh coat without lead in it on the window frames and walls.

Prepare Room

You should work in one room at a time so you can control the dust and chips of the lead-based paint. Lay some plastic sheets on the floor to catch the dust and paint chips that you will scrape off of the walls. Tape the edges of the plastic sheets down with painter's tape. Protecting the floor is extremely important if you have carpeting. Lead-based paint dust and chips can get into carpeting and can be very difficult to get out. Small children can easily get into the dust and chips in the carpeting when crawling around on the floor long after you've removed the paint from windows and walls.

Make sure the room has child-proof barriers in the entryways so your children can't get near where you are working and end up getting the chips and paints on their hands and in their mouths.

Paint Removal Steps

  • Put on rubber gloves and respirator.
  • Spray the window frames and walls down with water.
  • Use a medium-grade sandpaper to agitate the paint on the walls and window frames. Most of the paint will start to clump up instead of turning into a fine dust. This will make it easier to clean.
  • Scrape the clumps off with a utility knife and put the clumps into a five gallon plastic pail lined with a garbage bag for easy disposal of the old paint.
  • You don't have to sand all of the paint off to make it safe since you'll be applying new paint over the old paint. However, you want to make sure you completely remove all the cracked and flaky areas.
  • There will be bits of paint dust and chips that will fall to the floor and onto the window sills. You should use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to clean up the dust and chips. A HEPA vacuum has a filter that captures all the fine dust particles of the lead paint and prevents them from getting into the air.
  • Paint the windows and walls with several coats of lead-free paint.

The room should now be safe for you and your family once you scraped, painted over, and cleaned up all the old lead-based paint. For more information, contact Colfax Corporation or a similar company.

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3 March 2016