Are you worried about how to get rid of lead paint chips from your home? Before you handle any lead-containing substance, you should know that lead can be extremely hazardous if disposed of incorrectly. If you live in an older home, this article will guide you on how to dispose of lead-contaminated trash created during the remodeling or renovation of your older establishment.
Why are lead paint chips dangerous?
- Hypertension, kidney diseases, and fertility problems
- Permanent health problems like learning and behavior abnormality in children
When disposing of lead paint chips, ensure that you've got the necessary PPEs like face masks and gloves. This equipment prevents you from breathing in lead dust and fumes. Besides, you'll be safe from swallowing any lead-containing material.
Some people consider it hard to determine if their homes contain lead-based paint. Generally, it's assumed that about 75 percent of buildings constructed before 1978 contain lead. If your home was built before 1978, you should assume that it has some lead-based paint.
How to get rid of lead paint chips safely
Follow the following steps to safely dispose of lead paint chips after remodeling or renovating your home:
Step 1: Place the lead paint chips in a heavy-duty trash bag. Place any other lead-containing material like mops, paper towels, rags, and non-washable clothing in the bag. Seal it tightly.
Step 2: Find polyethylene sheeting and roll it up to catch the paint chips and debris. Start rolling up the poly from the corner inwards to catch all the debris and dust. Tape the polyethylene with duct tape to prevent the dust and debris from escaping.
Step 3: Wear waterproof rubber gloves and wet wash the affected area.
Step 4: Wet wash the working area with a cleaning reagent according to the guidelines on the container. It's advisable to wet wash the surface daily to remove the toxic lead dust when you're done with the remodeling or renovation project.
Step 5: Vacuum up the cleaning solution using a wet/dry vacuum. Always retain about two inches of water in the canister's bottom to hold capture the lead dust.
Step 6: You should only use the wet/dry vacuum when vacuuming up the rinse or wash water, not picking up paint chips and dry lead dust.
Step 7: Once you've cleaned the surface, put the disposal bag containing lead paint chips and other lead-based materials in a safe area out of rich of children and pets.
Step 8: Dispose of the trash at your local household hazardous waste collection site.
It's important to note the person who generates the lead waste is responsible for its disposal. These steps will help you dispose of lead paint chips safely without compromising your health and environmental safety. If you're a contractor, you can't leave the property owner to dispose of the lead-contaminated materials. The Environmental Protection Agency allows you to dispose of lead-based paint trash such as chips at demolition and construction landfills.