First, let's start with the facts. Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes in the United States. Lead paint was banned from residential use in the United States in 1978. Lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems and it is also harmful to adults. Anything that disturbs surfaces that were painted with lead paint can create dust and endanger you and your family, especially young children and pregnant women.
If you have a home that was built before 1978 we highly recommend that you don't take any unnecessary chances and get your home checked for the presence of lead paint. This is especially true if you have a home built before 1940, as more than 85% of homes built in that era were painted with lead-based paint.
If you have lead paint in your home, you do have options. If the surface is in something close to pristine condition and if you have no children in the home, you may be able to avoid all potential hazards with good maintenance and vigilance.
However, if the surfaces are not in good shape or if you have children in the house, or just want to eliminate the worry, abatement, often including full lead paint removal will be your best option. Your best bet will be to talk to a painting contractor with experience dealing with lead paint to help you make the decision that is best for you and your family. Callahan Painting & Home Improvements has handled lead paint removal for many homeowners in the Garfield Heights, OH area and will help you choose the option that will serve you best.
It is important to note that almost every state has different rules affecting lead paint remediation. Be sure to talk to a painting contractor with expertise in dealing with lead paint in your state to ensure that you follow local regulations.
Also, there are a number of projects that a do-it-yourself homeowner can take on and do well if they are willing to put in the time and effort. Lead paint abatement is not one of those projects. Please hire a professional and don't put your health and your family's health at risk.
If you do hire a contractor to perform lead paint removal or remediation there are some important steps that you'll want to make sure they follow. We recommend having a good conversation with the painting contractor about these three things before they start the work:
If you believe you might have lead paint to deal with in your home, or if you know you need lead paint removal services in Garfield Heights, Broadview Heights, North Olmsted, Solon, Hudson, Independence or a neighboring area, give the experts at Callahan Painting & Home Improvements a call at 216-587-4646 or request a free estimate via our web form. We will take care of the issue and ensure the safety of you and your family, and help you create a healthy home.
Jim and his crew are nothing but polite and professional! They are the quickest and friendliest workers we have ever met. And we wouldn't hesitate to use them again. Jim worked hard to schedule these services right as we were moving into our new house, so that the walls were clean and prepped for painting right away. His crew was quick, and left no mess at all. Compared to all of the other companies I had in and out of my house those first few weeks - these guys were by far the best to deal with!
Callahan Painting saved my sanity! They were able to get the job done weeks faster than any other contractor, and at a fair price. Jim the owner was always available to answer my questions or address any issues I had. When work was done, he did a quality check walkthrough with me to make sure all work was done up to my standard. Jim's two man crew got done in a week what would have taken me months to complete. They were fast, friendly, and did a fantastic job. I would recommend Callahan to anyone!
The crew were professional, on time and provided quality work. Several contractors made appointments and never showed up. Others showed up, said they would email an estimate and never did. Jim came out, gave me an estimate and the work was completed in five days.
Jim and his crew did an exceptional job... so much more than I expected. Not only did they do a beautiful job restoring my plaster walls and painting, but they also put a back splash in the kitchen, replaced light fixtures, outlets, moved the thermostat to a new wall location, picked up and mounted a new television and managed to get my fireplace functioning. I couldn't believe how helpful and willing Jim was to do whatever I asked. We completely rehabbed three rooms, an entry way and hallway and they look amazing! He was so helpful and patient in helping me choose colors and was also cost conscious when it came to choosing material for my back splash. Jim is honest, fair and I definitely plan on hiring him again!
Always polite and professional.
Jimmy and his crew responded right away and returned the ceiling to better than original condition, all within 24 hours of contact. Can't thank enough- recommend highly!
Jim and his crew were great! Got us in before we moved to Ohio and even stayed late the day before we moved in to ensure the paint was dry and ready to go.