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Lead Paint: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

Lead in paint can be a hidden, very dangerous threat to many.   April 22, 2010 is the date that changes everything in home renovation for contractors.  This is the date that the new EPA law goes into effect regarding lead.  All pre-1978 homes have the potential to have lead paint present. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long made it a priority to reduce exposure to lead, especially for young children.  Exposure to high levels of lead can be particularly damaging to children whose nervous systems are still developing and to pregnant women, whose unborn children are growing.  Children with these high lead levels can suffer from nervous system damage, behavioral problems, learning problems, slowed growth, headaches and other debilitating conditions. The Environmental Protection Agency has been working for three decades to reduce exposure to lead in lead paint, and on April 22, 2010, new federal laws will require all contractors “performing renovation, repair or painting projects that disturb lead based paint…to be certified and to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”

Contractors today must jump through numerous hurdles to guarantee that they are meeting these rigorous safety standards when working with lead paint in homes, businesses and other child related facilities. Thousands of workers performing renovations will have to be trained and certified as “Renovators” by EPA-accredited trainers. Paint professionals and other home improvement professionals will be trained in how to effectively protect household items and how to seal floor coverings from potential contamination while work is in progress. In addition, training will be given in how to use high-powered equipment while working with lead paint and how to contain the dust that accumulates during renovations.  The EPA in its' wisdom, has estimated the additional cost per contract will only be $36.00.  Unfortunately this is far from accurate; the cost of working on pre-1978 homes where lead is present will greatly increase the cost to the homeowner.  While they have greatly underestimated the cost, the safety concerns they have are very legitimate.

The process is to educate the homeowner.  A contractor is required to give the homeowner or property owner the new EPA “Renovate Right” pamphlet. A certified firm will determine if lead is present and if so the rest of the steps must be taken. When the work is being done it is all about containing the dust, chips, and potentially hazardous material.  The containment process is the most critical part of the process, as it is directly related to property owners exposure.

This new law is all the more reason to check out any contractor that you are hiring.  Do your homework on the companies you hire, the internet provides a wealth of information on them.  If you have a pre-1978 home, the contractor must be certified.  Ask them to show you their certification, as they are required to show it.  If they are not certified then thank them for them time, and move on to a contractor that is.  Due to the high cost to become certified, many contractors are avoiding the new regulations.  It is critical for your protection that the contractor is certified, and it is the law.  Feel free to call the staff at Brooks painting for answers to your questions concerning this new law.  Brooks Painting is already a certified lead paint renovator.

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We are long time happy customers with many positive experiences with Brooks Painting. We have appreciated the assistance (and patience) with selecting paint colors, the professionalism of the staff and the high quality of workmanship. We recently had some interior painting done and the crew was on time, neat, careful inside the house and very easy to work with. They also cheerfully handled some unexpected drywall repair. I highly recommend Brooks Painting.

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Very professional, I appreciate the time they took to make sure everything was taken care of for my house! I really liked that Jaime stepped up and told me not to paint my front door like the house and then chose a color that worked great. Thank you!

Dale S.

Consummate professionals! We hired Brooks to repaint the exterior of our house, and they did a fantastic job. The paint looks wonderful, everyone was also on time, friendly, and respectful of our property. Exceptional communication through the entire process. I was worried about damage to the landscaping near the house (bad previous experience with another outfit), but they were all very understanding and the crew was super careful. Did what they said they would do with no weirdness, no smoking, no radio, and they cleaned up after themselves nicely. This picky customer is very happy!

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Eric and his crew were on time every day and did a very thorough job. I was thrilled that they were willing to paint my outdoor light fixtures which were getting rusty. I was particularly impressed how much time they spent going over their work at the end to catch spots that were missed. I’ll be using them again for interior painting.

C Lewis

It was fun working with Chris and his crew. I’ve never had a contracted job go so smoothly from start to finish. The office was responsive to my needs, Corey was patient and helpful while I made color choices, and Chris made sure I was happy with the crew’s work every step of the way. Gabriel does amazing work as well. Very much a perfectionist like Chris. I don’t have a bad thing to say. The job is absolutely stunning and I’ve had so many neighbors tell me it’s beautiful. I’m happy to put one of your signs in my front yard if you’d like so people know as they drive by who did the work. Thank you Brooks Painting. I will be recommending you to anybody who asks.

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Very professional, live up to their billing! [The] company was very cooperative, on top of everything. [They] followed through with their commitment.

Marylan T.

Courteous and well mannered, attentive, discussed complete job and provided good service.

Juan C., C.H.P.

I wanted to have my kitchen cabinets painted but knew that that was a job that required skill and expertise. I called Brooks Painting and the experience from start to finish was perfect! Everyone I dealt with was personable and good at their jobs. They spent time answering questions, explaining the exact process, and did the work precisely as promised. They even did a few other small jobs (repairing and painting 2 water damaged ceilings) to perfection. And everything was neat and clean when they left! And the cabinets – better than I could have hoped for. Esteban is a master craftsman who was meticulous in every aspect of his work. The finish is smooth as glass with no imperfections. I couldn’t be happier!

Christina Fotenos
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My house is so beautiful now…great work. Courteous, prompt, awesome work.

Lisa H.

They treat their employees in a fair manner resulting in happy workers. Company is well run. I really like the crew that was here, they were very comfortable to have around.

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