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Lead Based Paint Testing

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If you are thinking about remodeling your home you need to be aware of recent EPA regulations regarding lead based paint. The dangers of lead poisoning are well documented.  Exposure to lead can affect the development of the brain and nervous system in children.  It can lead to reduced IQ and be the underlying cause of behavior problems.  In low levels exposure to lead can lead to High blood pressure and hypertension.  According to the EPA, "Lead based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978," (https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/renovateright.pdf). The lead contained in the the dust created during a remodeling project can create a significant health hazard for everyone in the home.
 
Beginning in April, 2010 any contractor performing renovation, repair or painting work that disturbs six square feet of wall surface is required by federal law to perform a lead based paint test, (see EPA pamphlet, Renovate Right).
 
Three conditions trigger the need for SSD to perform a lead based paint test.  First, your home must have been built prior to 1978.  Second, we must be contracted to perform demolition of existing countertops and/of backsplash. Third, it is evident that we will disturb six square or more of wall area during the demo.
 
If the test reveals the presence of lead based paint Federal Law stipulates a series of steps SSD must follow to comply with abatement regulations.  The only way the renovation regulations don't come into play is if the homeowner performs the countertop/backsplash removal themselves.
 
In 1993 Solid Surface Designs, Inc., began business as a factory certified fabricator-installer for DuPont Corian. Since then we have grown to become the region's largest fabricator and installer of Granite, Quartz and Solid Surface countertops. If you any questions about countertop design and installation give us a call at (417) 258-2787 or email your questions to: keith@ssdionline.com.