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Risk for asbestos and lead in plaster and paint!!!!

February 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Hi Ron,

   Today we decided to rip off wallpaper in our bedroom down to the plaster.  Later reading about old plaster we discovered there is a risk for asbestos and lead in plaster and paint!!!! We are concerned about being exposed! How can you tell if our walls contain asbestos/lead? We only took off wallpaper on one section of the wall.  Please help.

Hi Guys,

It is true that some times lead paint is under the wall paper and the glue. More often the paint with lead in it was used primarily on trim and woodwork throughout the house and less durable milk or casin paints were used on interior walls and ceilings.

First, I would go to the Vermont Paint Co. and pick up a home “lead dust swipe test” and check whether or not there is a hazard. Secondly, while there ask if they have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pamphlet ‘Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home’ and follow the recommendations in that booklet for working around and on your home.

It is relatively easy to maintain safe working conditions while working with lead paint. It really boils down to diligent cleaning and if you are striping the wallpaper with warm water, the easiest way to do it, then you are already keeping down the dust.

If I can help, or answer any other questions, just give a call.


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