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Because exposure to lead can cause potential health problems in both adults and children, thorough and safe removal is critical. ATI has completed more lead removal projects than any other disaster remediation and restoration company in the western U.S., and we are now proud to offer this service to customers nationwide. Our abatement services have been used on a wide variety of facilities and environments including:
- Commercial buildings
- Office buildings
- Multi-family residences
- Single-family dwellings
- Military properties
- Public utilities
Lead abatement requires the careful completion of multiple steps to ensure that all traces of the element are safely and totally removed and discarded. These steps include:
- Removal and encapsulation of the lead-containing materials
- Sealing of the abated surface
- Preparation of the sealed surface with non-lead-based materials prior to refinishing
What is Lead and Where is it Found?
Lead is a dense, malleable metallic element that is extracted primarily from galena, which is a mineral ore. Lead is found in a wide variety of materials including paints, pipes, bullets, gasoline and radiation shielding. Currently, lead is banned from use in gasoline, residential paint, and solder used in making food cans and plumbing. However, lead exposure can still result from contact with paint found in older homes or in commercial buildings, automobile compounds, industrial emissions, surface and ground water, and some forms of solder found in older plumbing systems.
Effects of Lead Exposure
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, exposure to lead in adults may cause potential health problems including weakness in joints and an increase in blood pressure. Exposure to high levels of lead could lead to potential brain or kidney damage.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), levels of lead found in children younger than 18 years of age are getting lower and lower because the substance is now banned from gasoline, residential paint and solder used in food cans and plumbing. However, lead can still be found in drinking water as well as in dust particles, dirt, and in paint used in older homes. Children can be more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults because they may come into contact with the substance by playing on the floor or ground, or by chewing on lead-based paint chips. According to the CDC, severe exposure to lead in children can potentially lead to anemia, kidney damage or brain damage.
Safety & Training
We are committed to performing every lead abatement job responsibly by safeguarding the environment in which we are working and using the industry's most effective methods and equipment to protect our customers and employees.
To further ensure a safe and effective recovery, our crews are rigorously trained in lead abatement procedures and are required to follow all local, state and federal regulations. All of our crews and management are also required to attend EPA-certified training offered by states in which we work.