Putting importance on safety has always been a mark of the best painting contractors in Pleasanton. When their work practices are safe, these translate into a high-quality job.
One of these safety issues in painting and construction work is the presence of lead paint in buildings that they are working on. Lead paint has been proven to be life-threatening, especially if you have been exposed to it for a long period of time. Lead-based paint is usually found in buildings that were built before 1978, but their risk is higher for buildings that were constructed during the 1950s.
The painters are particularly concerned not just about the health and safety of their own crew. Most of all, they are concerned about the health and safety of the residents of such old buildings, especially those who have lived there for years or decades. That is why they make sure to keep everyone on the site safe while they were on the job by removing lead-based paint and controlling lead exposure.
1. Encapsulation – A process which involves the application of a special coating over a surface that has been coated with lead-based paint. This special coating, also known as an encapsulant, seals in the lead paint, thus preventing the release of paint chips and/or dust.
2. Enclosure – Another way of dealing with a lead-based paint is enclosing it. It merely involves covering the old painted surface with a brand-new solid material. That material can be a new drywall, or some other material such as acrylic sheets, aluminum, paneling, tiles or vinyl. However, enclosing does not ensure a permanent removal of the lead-based paint. If you have to do remodeling and restructuring of your building for some time, you may still have to deal with lead dust that has been gathered behind the enclosing material.
3. Removal – Only a professional has the experience, skills and the right materials to permanently remove the lead-based paint without endangering the health of people nearby, and the environment. Removal of a lead-based paint is done in at least a couple of ways:
One common removal method is wet scraping. It involves wetting the surface with an electric sander, which prevents the distribution of dust and contains the paint chips. The lead-based paint dust and chips are then carefully collected with a powerful HEPA vacuum attachment.
Another method is dry scraping, which involves the use of a heat gun. The heat gun should not generate heat beyond 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot air from the heat gun melts and softens the lead paint. Afterwards, the loosened paint is then scraped off.
4. Replacement – This is the last option if you do not want to deal with any of the three abovementioned methods. It involves completely removing the area that has been painted with a lead-based coating and then replacing it with an entirely new material, such as a drywall.
The best painting contractors in Pleasanton also put safety as one of their top concerns and priorities. They stand by their own companies' safety procedures and comply with the industry's safety standards. Many painting services companies have even taken these steps further by making sure that their crew members and estimators have been educated and trained in all safety matters.