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Find a Contractor for Lead Paint Removal

Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead paint. EPA guidelines now mandate safe cleaning practices for lead paint removal, but not all contractors follow the rules.

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Home Inspection, Interior Design & Decorating, Painting - Exterior, Painting - Interior, Lead Testing & Removal

The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring renovators and remodelers to be certified on lead-safe work practices by 2010.

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A simple blood test can detect lead poisoning. Here's how to know when your child should be tested.

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Many hail the regulation as a positive step, but others say too few homeowners and contractors know about the law and the EPA won't be able to effectively enforce it.

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Contractors who might disturb lead paint in structures built before 1978 will be required by a new EPA rule to be trained and certified in lead safety techniques.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.


You have to put your self in the shoes of a business that is in business to turn a profit of some sort. All businesses have different overhead which in turn decides what their bottom line would be on their services. I personally would not go with an unlicensed professional for this type of install. You are messing with gas, venting issues, electrical wiring{electric water heater} and updated code issues such as a drain pan and tempature and relief drain lines for heaters that currently do not have them. I do agree that there are some companies that are way out of line for their installs but most of these companies are the really big companies that have very high overheads  I would assume. Tank type water heaters have changed over the last several years and with these safety changes come bigger prices. The price of steel thanks to China is skyrocketing and tank type water heaters are made of steel. Most wholesale plumbing supply companies cannot match what the big box stores are selling at retail to consumers. I happen to think from research that heaters such as Rheem, Bradford White and AOSmith who have been in business forever make a better product than what you can buy in the big box outlets. You also have to take in consideration the location of the water heater that is being replaced. Is it in the house, basement, garage or attic. Most 40 and 50 gallon water heaters that are purchased in a plumbing wholesale store in Texas cost between 300-340 for a 6 year warranty heater with 6 year on parts and tank. Speaking of warranty. Most big box companies will take a least 24 hours to a week to get your warranty problem taken care of. Most reputable plumbing companies will give same day service if they installed the heater.

So lets break down a typical install at cost to a licensed plumber in Texas

Heater: $315, water shut off $6.50, water flex lines or unions to code $20, gas flex line and cut off to code $12, misc fittings $15, Total $368.50 Lets add a 35% profit which is some what low  for a business $129, Total 497.50

This doesnt  include permits, pan and drain or any venting issues. The vent must go from the heater to the outside of roof using double wall vent.

Cost of permit on average $60

Most plumbing companies allow for 3 hours of time for a water heater. This includes picking the new one up. Delivering out to house. Draining and removing old water heater. Hauling off old heater. Installing new heater up to code. Going down to city and pulling permit.

Average Labor charges for heater installs $400

That would make this install run without extras on any code issues $957.50

I just had a 50 gallon gas water heater installed in my house for $1200 but I needed a pan installed. I used a licensed plumber.




Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

Lead Abatement Contractors in Alpharetta, GA

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911 Restoration of Atlanta

145 Wes Walker Memorial Drive
Ball Ground

A-Approved Siding

2343 Prince Howard Way

Abatement Contractors Unlimited

4355 Cobb Parkway


2041 Hessian Ct
Stone Mountain

All Point Home Service

2665 Buford Highway

ALM & Associates, LLC

3695F Cascade Rd Ste 1122


269 Market Place Blvd


1600 River Park Blvd

Benchmark Innovations in Renovation

2751 Glenwood Ave SE

Blackhawk Construction Services, LLC

2270 Northwest Parkway

BMW Construction Inc.

1144 Whirlaway Lane

Colonnade Enterprises

4920 Roswell Rd

Discovery Inspections, LLC

7675 S Spalding Lake Dr,

Dixie Duct Cleaning


Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive


6830 Roswell Road

Emstar Contractors

267 Cobb Pkwy N

EnviroClear LLC

313 Chattahoochee Cir

EnviroLogical Engineering, Inc

5445 Mt Vernon Pkwy

ETaC Services

PMB 358

ETL Construction

1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy.

Five Star Renovations Inc.

1020 Highway 16 East

Flood and Fire 911

3015 Big Creek Ct

Georgia Demolition Beast Inc

PO Box 1501


6858 Yellow Creek Rd.
Ball Ground

Green Circle Demolition

3549 McCall Place

Heaton Environmental Inc

2898 Mountain View Rd

Home Source Renovations Inc

228 Cumberland Way SE

House Calls Complete Home Services

2709 Beaveer Creek Crossing
Powder Springs

Imperial Renovations LLC

2086 freywood dr

Inspection Wizards, LLC

3730 Warwick way

JPRO Painting & Restoration

1933 Forest Green Dr NE

Lacey Custom Carpentry LLC

10152 Wooten Rd



Mullikin Properties, Inc.

121 Rock Creek Ln

Outside The Box Construction

44 Pine Ridge Road

Paint Etc

2090 Baker Rd.

Parker Young Construction Inc

6815 Crescent Dr NW

ProClaim Emergency/Disaster Services

670 Timm Valley Rd NE

ProClaim Public Insurance Adjusters

4651 Roswell Rd NE

PuroClean Emergency Restoration Specialists

5891 New Peachtree Rd

Randall Dayton Interiors

10 26th St

Rapid Recovery & Restoration

581B North Central Ave, Suite 2


9750 Hillside Drive

Remediation Group, Inc.

1320 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW

Sawnee Environmental Services, LLC

6520 Glen Pond Trace

Schantz Home Improvement

1530 Howell Mill Rd NW

Solutions Electric, Inc

3310 Mcever Park Circle

Southern Property Restoration

1871 McFarland Parkway

The Blue Lake Group

1533 Jodeco Rd

The Elite Group

245 Blackberry Ln

The Olde Fashioned Paint Co. Inc,

91 Thompson Place

Top Dog Handyman

4200 Northside Pkwy

Top Quality Painting

2304 Turner Church Rd

Universal Restoration Services - Georgia

1600 Spectrum Dr

UST Cleaning


Vintage Constructors

4031 Fambrough Ct
Powder Springs

Virtus Group - National Team

8765 Stockyard Drive

Warrior Restoration

535 Pine Rd Suite 109

Water Medx

2070 Attic Pkwy

Westport Development, LLC.

1240 Johnson Ferry Place

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