Kunst-Bros is Lead-Safe Certified

Kunst Bros. Inc is an EPA LEAD-SAFE CERTIFIED PAINTING CONTRACTOR serving MARIN COUNTY. For more information on this certification, or any questions you may have, please call 415-456-4044

Why Do You Need to Be Concerned About Lead?

Despite its long history of use, lead is a hazardous and toxic metal. It is still present in many products found in and around our homes, emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, or contaminating drinking water from old plumbing materials. Lead can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk.

Common Sources of Lead Poisoning

  • Deteriorating lead-based paint
  • Lead-contaminated dust
  • Lead-contaminated residential soil
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Where Lead is Found

In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint.

Paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found:

  • In homes in the city, country, or suburbs.
  • In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing.
  • Inside and outside of the house.

Where Lead Is Likely a Hazard

Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can’t always see, can pose a serious hazard.

Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention.

Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear and tear. These areas include –

  • Windows and window sills.
  • Doors and door frames.
  • Stairs, railings, and banisters.
  • Porches and fences.

Note: Lead-based Paint in Good Condition is Usually NOT a Hazard.

Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep or walk through it.

Renovating, Repairing, or Painting a Building Dating Back to 1978?

Since April 22 2010, federal law requires contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than six square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 to be certified and trained to follow specific work practices preventing lead contamination.

To protect your family, make sure you only contract Lead-Safe Certified painting businesses. Kunst Bros. Painting Contractor Inc. has received its Lead-Safe Certificate in April 2010.

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What You Can Do To Protect Your Family

If you suspect that your house has lead hazards, you can take some immediate steps to reduce your family's risk:

  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.

Additional steps:

  • You can temporarily reduce lead hazards by taking actions such as repairing damaged painted surfaces and planting grass to cover the soil with high lead levels. These actions are not permanent solutions and will need ongoing attention.
  • To permanently remove lead hazards, you must hire a certified lead "abatement" contractor. Abatement (or permanent hazard elimination) methods include removing, sealing, or enclosing lead-based paint with special materials. Just painting over the hazard with regular paint is not enough.

Kunst Bros. Inc advises that you only hire contractors with special training for correcting lead problems, able and adequately equipped to do the work safely, and provide a thorough cleanup. Certified contractors will employ qualified workers and adhere to all safety procedures set at either the state or federal level.