Replacement of Older Windows with Lead Paint (Part 2)
When considering replacement windows for your home, it’s important to remember that your old painted wood windows, frames or walls may contain dangerous lead in the paint. Lead exposure can cause serious illness, especially in children.
In Part One of this article we explain the dangers of lead painted windows and how to tell if you are at risk from them. Now we explain what you can do to safely replace them, so your family is not at risk.
I Have Lead Painted Windows – Now What?
If your old, lead painted windows are risking your family’s health, it is typically better to have them replaced, rather than try to remove the lead paint yourself. Attempting to scrape or sand the old lead based paint can raise even more toxic dust and chips.
DIY window repairs or replacement that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your children and put your family at risk. Replacing windows can require lead containment on both inside and outside unless you hire a contractor who knows how to avoid it.
For this reason, hiring a lead-certified window replacement company is essential. Removing old windows can disturb lead-based paint, creating hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults, and especially children, in your home.
The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rules (LRRP) require that contractors dealing with painted surfaces in homes built before 1978 must be certified, and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Always ask to see your window installer’s certification.
In addition to homes, the LRRP Program applies to apartments and child-occupied facilities such as schools and daycare centers built before 1978. So, landlords are also required to protect their residents by following the EPA’s LRPR rules when conducting repairs or renovations such as window replacement.
How Replacement Window Installers Remove Lead Contamination
First, remember that the EPA requires that only certified renovators, who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices, can perform the work. So step number one is hiring a Lead-Safe Certified Firm, like Can-Do Windows and Doors.
Next, since replacing lead-painted windows is a renovation that can cause lead contamination both inside and outside the house, it may require “containment” on both sides. A Lead-Safe Certified window installer will determine if this is necessary to fully comply with the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rules (RRP Rules).
Sometimes during EPA compliant lead window replacement, however, the window installer can choose the best side of the wall to work from, just sealing the opposite side.
In addition, pole and plastic containment shroud systems can be used to contain the disturbed area, also preventing the release of toxic lead into the air.
The installer will also mist the surface with water to keep down the dust, and then carefully cut-out all painted joints to avoid further chipping the paint. Then they will remove all the parts necessary to remove the sash, before pulling out window sash. Finally they will install a completely new jamb liner and a new sash.
Finally, any lead-containing dust or debris, as well as the removed lead-contaminated window pieces must be properly sealed and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.
Best Huntington Beach Replacement Window Company
No matter what your budget, Can-Do will come to your home and help you understand your window choices, and compare window options, to ensure you are getting the highest quality, most durable, beautiful and energy efficient windows for the price.
We have installed beautiful, new replacement windows in thousands of homes across the Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and South Bay area.
We can also assist you in obtaining easy financing, with no money down, so you can start enjoying your new windows (and lowering utility bills) right away.