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Old 03-13-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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I am renting an old house and have lead paint.Both of my small kids rooms' have chipping at the baseboard.. I have been doing research and have seen that using encapsulating paint is going to be the only way to prevent their exposure to the lead. Which would be the best, not worried so much about the $$. I am stuck here for 9 months. I really need just some suggestions. I have 2 small toddlers. WHat to do?? in SC

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Just scrape off any loose paint and paint it with any paint will seal it.
It's only harmful if you try and sand it and make it airborne of if the kids eat it.

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Joe, joe joe. You are obviously not certified by the epa.

While the regulations are directed only at contractors, the safety precautions are good to know for all.

A little bit of lead can make a big problem, and so the thrust of how to deal with it is about containing any chips or dust while you make them, ad then very thorugh clean up afterwards.

Xina- do some googleing on the subject- there is lots of info out there along with outrage at how the EPA is handling this.
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Just scrape off any loose paint and paint it with any paint will seal it.
It's only harmful if you try and sand it and make it airborne of if the kids eat it.

and this will not make it airborne? Joe, you really, really should not answer questions when you don't have a clue, REALLY

As to the OP, do a search or type in RRP in google, all the information is there. DO NOT THINK about scraping lead paint with children present.
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I am renting an old house and have lead paint.Both of my small kids rooms' have chipping at the baseboard.. I have been doing research and have seen that using encapsulating paint is going to be the only way to prevent their exposure to the lead. Which would be the best, not worried so much about the $$. I am stuck here for 9 months. I really need just some suggestions. I have 2 small toddlers. WHat to do?? in SC
I specialize in lead based paint and lead hazards.

If you could answer a few quick questions, it would be helpful.

1. Ages of children? Any of them still crawl around?
2. How do you know you have lead based paint?
3. Is the paint peeling? Do you see paint chips on the floor (or other areas)?

Of course, the easiest thing is to voice your concerns to the landlord and see if they can help.

Something to do immediately would be a good cleaning. Use a HEPA vac on carpets and flooring. Then use a swiffer wet mop on any hardwood or tile flooring. Next, wipe all hard surfaces with disposable wet wipes.

Once I get the answers, then we can get help for other things.

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Joe, your advice has gone from just being incorrect to being irresponsible.
OP, I would tell your landlord of your concern, tell him you're going to seek advice from the South Carolina Department of Environmental Protection, and ask him what he wants to do about it.
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I have a slum lord & I had a professional painter tell me it was... it is over 100 yrs old. my kids are 3 & 6 but my 3 yr old is a thunmbsucker.. & puts everthing in his mouth & yes my french doors in the living rom chip and all the bedrooms.. so what do i do...find an attorney.. i cant afford to move
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or sanding!!
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Xina- First- vacuum up any and all chips you see, keep it clean.
A real problem area is window sills and troughs- use a wet wipe and keep those clean. every time windows are raised and lowered it "sands" the edges. And then the breeze blows it in.

What we are required to do is lay heavy plastic out from the area that is worked on, tape it very secure, do the scraping and then any sanding is done with a wet sand system so it doesn't make dust.
Wet wipe clean and use a good bonding primer and a finish paint.
Then wrap the plastic so none gets away- even spritz with sprayer to make sure- put in plastic bag and throw away in reg garbage.
Then clean the area so well that it would pass a white glove test.
That is what contractors are required to do.

Here is the booklet we are required to give homeowners and people living where work is to be done.

http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovaterightbrochure.pdf
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Joe, your advice has gone from just being incorrect to being irresponsible.
OP, I would tell your landlord of your concern, tell him you're going to seek advice from the South Carolina Department of Environmental Protection, and ask him what he wants to do about it.

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I have a slum lord & I had a professional painter tell me it was... it is over 100 yrs old. my kids are 3 & 6 but my 3 yr old is a thunmbsucker.. & puts everthing in his mouth & yes my french doors in the living rom chip and all the bedrooms.. so what do i do...find an attorney.. i cant afford to move
BrushJockey gave you some good advice in post #9.

You can also type one or both of the following in your favorite search engine, to get help.

"A guide to working safely with residential lead paint"

"A field guide for painting, home maintenance and renovation work"

Testing for lead based paint is also a good idea to get a better view if you even have lead based paint.

You don't necessarily need to put on a encapsulation. A good paint job can help tremendously. These guys on the board can help you with how to do a good paint job. Just be sure to follow the recommendations of the guide and/or field guide when prepping for that paint job.

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