Houses built before 1978 require certified contractors

Houses built before 1978 require certified contractors

Submitted by Thomas Patrick Walls Company

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint in homes built prior to 1978. These activities can be harmful to adults, children and pets.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued a rule to protect against this risk on March 31, 2008, requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. As of April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repairs and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be certified renovators and follow USEPA-specified practices to guard against contamination.

Many homeowners do not realize that it is illegal for non-certified renovators to remodel homes constructed prior to 1978. If you are found using a non-certified renovator, your project will be shut down immediately. The non-compliant contractor will be subject to a fine of up to $32,000 a day. The consequences to the homeowner in this situation could be devastating. This is why it is so important for homeowners to do their due diligence. Utilize Angie’s List’s USEPA’s website to find a certified renovator.

Thomas Patrick Walls Company is a full service commercial and residential general contracting firm. Although the company specializes in high quality kitchen, bathroom and basement renovations, Thomas Patrick Walls Company also services commercial units and performs exterior renovations and window replacements. An Angie’s List Super Service Award winner since 2007, The Thomas Patrick Walls Company has been proactive in its practices of dust containment in relation to home renovations.

As of July 6, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.


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