Lead Paint and Historic Preservation

All homes built prior to 1978 are considered to contain lead-based paints, both exterior and interior. In order to protect our health and yours, Ladue Painting follows the new Federal legislation that was enacted in 2010 regarding safety procedures for “RRP” or repair, renovation, and painting. These standards require the construction of plastic barriers, and specific tools and techniques for the remediation and stabilization of lead-based painted surfaces that are around most of us every day.

In 2010, we attended Saint Louis University's EPA certification course, where we learned that lead exposure in the home is a proven danger for children, and that our exposure can be infinitely reduced when the proper containment and disposal procedures are followed. To prevent further contamination of a client's home during painting or renovation, we are using plastic containment areas of 24” on the floor around the wall or window to be painted, and temporary plastic and Tyvek barriers to keep the dust contained.

Ordinary vacuums are not in compliance so we use EPA authorized HEPA vacuums. We were happy to find that a new generation of sander/vacuum has developed from the EPA restrictions, which performs cleaner and much more dust-free than before. Where sanding is necessary to provide the best preparation work, we apply the mandated containment procedures and use the EPA authorized sanders and dust extraction systems. At the end of a project we utilize an EPA mandated test to ensure that we leave behind a clean, safe, surface.

Although we've worked on special projects such as the 1830's Faith Presbyterian Church on Geyer Road and quite a few 1880's houses in the City of Saint Louis, we tend to specialize in homes that were constructed in the county from the 1920's to the 1960's. A typical project for us would be a 1940's Colonial Revival home in Kirkwood or Ladue with painted clapboards, dormers, windows and shutters with many layers of old chipping paint. The window wells are commonly filled with lead chips and lead oxide dust. Also, painted baseboards in these homes are a lead hazard -- and we learned they should be well-encapsulated because of the wear of feet and furniture on the floor. Painted door hinges are another source of lead chips and dust.

If you happen to live in one of these older homes please ensure that you hire a professional when it comes to dealing with lead paint and lead painted surfaces in your home.

Our most important consideration during the painting or renovation of a home is not to make lead exposure worse for the family living there.

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