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Lead-based paint was typically used from the 1920s til around 1980 on interior and exterior residential surfaces, furniture, industrial applications, ships, and even toys. It was banned in 1978 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission but still used as stock ran out.
About 50 million homes or around 40% of the nation's housing contains lead-paint. It’s a threat that is unseen for children and others. Simple remodeling dust can be poisonous to children or other occupants after the renovation work is completed. In 2006, the EPA proposed new regulations. These new rules apply to all renovations, including paint removal, demolition, window replacement, and heating ductwork repairs. Be sure that any contractor is certified to perform renovations that include lead-based paint.
Homes containing deteriorating lead-based paint are a health threat, especially to children under five. When lead-based paint on any surface is sanded or scraped, it breaks into tiny, sometimes invisible pieces that children can swallow or inhale. Individuals can ingest dust and soil contaminated with lead from paint that flakes or chalks as it ages. Lead dust can settle on floors, walls, furniture and especially window sills and wells.
If you are concerned about lead paint in your home, you should have it tested. The Cornell Group offers lead paint testing or inspection services to determine the extent of your problem and sometimes contamination.
The Cornell Group is an EPA accredited and state of Virginia licensed Lead Abatement Contractor providing nationwide lead-based paint (LBP) abatement, lead-based paint stabilization and sometimes even soil remediation services. Our projects are performed in strict accordance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations. The Cornell Groups mission is to ensure the health and safety of every client, employee, building occupant, resident, and to preserve their environment. Our team of experienced industry professionals that have a proven track record of solving lead hazard problems for Property Owners and Management firms, 203(k) FHA Mortgage Banks, Facility Managers, Community Development Corporations, HUD Asset Managers, Prime General Contractors and Commercial Real Estate Developers including Military Bases and Veteran’s Hospitals.