Lead paint removal requires a specialized process

Posted On May 17, 2017

Wickens Dry Ice Blasting has the expertise to safely remove lead paint.

There is some misunderstanding about the immediate dangers of lead paint. Many believe that any exposure to this product is dangerous when, in fact, lead paint that is fully intact and undisturbed doesn’t tend to pose an immediate risk.

However, when lead paint starts to deteriorate (i.e. peeling, chipping and cracking), or when it’s disturbed during renovation, repair or building work, it becomes hazardous and can lead to serious health issues. Inhaling or ingesting lead particles and debris that have escaped into the air can cause lead poisoning, and is particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women.

Since older buildings and homes often contain lead paint, which wasn’t regulated in Canada until 1976, testing should always be carried out before undertaking a renovation project to determine the best course of action.

A college in South-Western Ontario recently decided to have the roof in their auditorium tested for lead paint because the old paintwork was flaking and dropping down into the public area. The test results confirmed that there was lead paint on the roof decking and trusses so the college had to then determine the safest way to remove the paint before renovating and re-painting the roof.

Due to their specialized cleaning techniques, extensive experience with lead abatement projects of all sizes, and strong knowledge of environmental abatement protocol, Wickens Dry Ice blasting was hired by the college to remove the lead paint from the auditorium roof.

The first step in Wicken’s abatement process involved fully containing the area and installing negative air and HEPA filters to capture any lead paint particles or debris. Containment was necessary to ensure that other parts of the facility did not become contaminated when the lead paint was removed from the surfaces.

Wickens’ technicians then removed the lead paint using a specialized blasting process. The process is completely dry, which greatly reduces the usual amount of time needed to complete an abatement project. In only two weeks, the lead paint was removed from the college auditorium roof, all waste safely disposed and the area was fully cleaned.

An independent environmental consultant then carried out testing on the roof, and the test results confirmed that the area was lead-free, allowing the College to move forward with their renovation project.

If your facility contains lead paint, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting can help. Contact us today for more information. .