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Skokie Lead Paint Removal Articles

Lead paint concerns remain three years after new regulations

In 2010 the EPA instituted new rules in 2010 to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children and others during remodeling and repair work, but experts say some work remains.

Is your home hazardous to your health?

Could mold, radon, lead or asbestos be hiding in your home and making you sick? Read these tips to find and rid your home of these health hazards.

Finding a painter who is qualified to remove lead paint

Dear Angie: How do I find a painter who is also qualified to remove lead paint before painting?

How to avoid deadly lead paint

Lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage to young children. While the U.S. banned lead in most paints in 1978, the danger remains in homes painted before the ban.

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"I INITIALLY CALLED THE OWNER TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT AND HE WAS VERY HELPFUL IN GIVING INFORMATION AS TO HOW TO PREPARE FOR A LEAD INSPECTION. HE ANSWERED ALL OF MY QUESTIONS. HE ARRIVED ON TIME AND WAS VERY PERSONABLE DURING THE INSPECTION AND EXPLAINED ALL THE STEPS AS HE WENT FROM ROOM TO ROOM COLLECTING DATA FOR THE LAB. HE CALLED ME WITH THE RESULTS AS HE SAID HE WOULD SO I WOULDN'T WORRY. I WOULD DEFINITELY USE HIM AGAIN SINCE THE HOUSE IS A RENTAL AND THESE INSPECTIONS NEED TO BE DONE WITH EACH CHANGE OF TENANT.
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"It went very well. They're like the superman of lead-testing. Very thorough and with x-
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vision (they do have a radioactive gun!) Afterwards they sent us a report in meticulous detail. I still asked follow up questions. They always seemed content to answer them. We hired them again to lead-test our water and our kitchen floor for asbestos.
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were a pleasure to have around and we have a lot of trust in their judgement and their methods. And they like our dog.
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"Phase 1 finished without any trouble. I suspect that since we were satisfied and repeat customers, they went easy on quality for phase 2... The Beer incident: On the afternoon of Friday August 17, I spoke with
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to verify that our property was ready for us to move back in. At around 5pm I began to put the house back in order. Later that evening I discovered that a partial case of bottled beer in the 2nd floor refrigerator was now empty. Three bottle-caps were carefully replaced to make it appear that the case was undisturbed. In total all but one bottle was empty. The last bottle was half empty. In addition, I also found a bottle cap for
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Light, and a water bottle cap. Both the bottled water and the
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Light is something that I have never purchased, nor kept in the house. So at least one of the workers in the house must have used the refrigerator to keep bottled water, and was unable to contain the urge to drink the beer. At some point the
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Light was brought into the house. Perhaps because of this, only two days later, one of the newly installed doors pulled out from the casing. We promptly brought this to the attention of the company staff. If it was possible, we would have fired them on the spot. But since we still had more work to do, and we didn't have a lot of good alternatives, we kept things moving and professional. In the end they completed the project. Needless to say, a contractor that has a beer party when they are supposed to be removing harmful substances from your home, definitely shows a lack of professionalism. Despite the challenge, both units passed re-inspection and were found to be in complete compliance with lead abatement. If it were only that one incident, we could be more forgiving. But it turns out the story does not end there. Another surprise: As if a beer party wasn't enough, a few months later we got another surprise. Even though it was specified in the work description, according to the building inspector, they never pulled the permit for the kitchen demo in phase 2. We had to pay for it when we scheduled a final inspection. Failing to comply with local codes shows a lack of competence in the most routine trade skills. It also casts doubt on their ability to comply with the more stringent abatement codes. These windows sure do feel drafty: Because we just moved into a drafty old house, sometimes its hard to tell where the draft is coming from. This is especially hard during the late summer, when temps are pleasant and the ceiling fans are spinning. It can even be a bit of a challenge during an especially mild winter, like last year. But that quickly changes when we get a two week visit by the arctic vortex. As part of our kitchen rehab, I had to re-insulated three of the new windows. This made a noticeable difference, which we could then compare to the others installed by the Apline crew. There are several windows that don't appear to have any foam or gap-filler. It looks like for the vast majority, all they did was nail trim and apply caulk, which has since split and opened up. So its not just cold that you can feel, but but cold draft. In total we asked
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to install (11) first floor windows, (14) second floor, and (3) third floor. Not all of them need it, but my guess is we have to open up 75% of them. I'm thinking: remove trim, inspect for weather-tightness, add weatherization (foam, flashing, ect.) as needed, reinstall the trim, re-caulk as necessary. A more competant contractor would have done this as a matter of course. Given the price of labor, we're expecting it will cost us another $400-500 to fix. Our heating bill is currently above $3,000 per year, so it would not surprise me if we have already paid as much in lost heat.
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"They were prompt, courteous, and knew what they were doing. The technician finished sooner than anticipated. I would highly recommend and use them again!!"
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"When I called
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to schedule a lead inspection, I had already arranged from a Home Inspection and was hoping to schedule it for the same time. The initial phone conversation resulted in a rough estimate, and they were very accomodating in working with my schedule.
We arranged to meet at 9:30 am. When I arrived at the house at 9:30, the inspector was already there, and stated that he had already finished his inspection of the outside of the house! He took some time to explain exactly what he was looking for, as well as the method that he used. He provided a packet of information stating Massachusetts Lead Laws, as well as information on options for deleading, if it is needed.
We didn't follow him around to every room, but from when we were with him, he seemed to be doing a very thorough job, which also was followed up by a report detailing the results of every surface on which the test was performed. An added bonus was that the total cost was slightly under the original estimate! I would definitely recommend.
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"On a site visit to our home, a rep. from AFR Construction tracked some type of gear oil all over our bedroom carpet and white rug (he didn't wear booties).
As a result, we had to throw out the rug, worth a few hundred bucks, and will need to have our carpet steamed cleaned just to get rid of the awful smell.
When I emailed AFR to let them know what happened, they didn't even bother to respond! I am aware they may not have been responsible for replacing/cleaning the carpet, but an apology or even acknowledgement would have been nice since it was their rep who caused the damage!
I was referred to AFR by our plumber, and I wish I'd gone with someone else.
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"What started out as water damage repair turned into an AMAZING kitchen remodel. I can't say enough good things about J.
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and his staff @
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& Construction. It took them less than an hour to get my home upon my initial phone call regarding water damage. They even had a previous working knowledge of the insurance adjuster who was assigned to my claim which helped make this whole process much easier. AFR was always timely, always professional from the office staff , to the estimator, to the project supervisor, to the labor themselves -- pleasures to work with. J. is incredibly talented and knowledgeable in his field to the point that I pretty much gave him full reign to design my kitchen. Highly detailed. High bar for quality workmanship and products. Very generous with his time, attention and pleasant surprises. Surpassed expectations and I LOVE my kitchen!!!! It has changed the entire feel of my home! I highly recommend this company for any services that might be needed. I plan on continuing to use them down the road when I start phase 2...bathroom remodels.


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"Having just experienced a false positive lead poisoning result with our infant, we were wary when we saw
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& Son (actually Bell Paint Removal now, but despite not having a dba for
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& Son, that was the name emblazoned on the supervisor's clothes, and that's what everyone still knows them by) removing paint with heat guns from the home next door to ours, literally just feet from our dining room windows. I flipped out when I saw workers carrying a propane torch into a tarped off area, under which we could not see (but the tarp was obviously designed for protection from prying eyes vs. to keep lead contaminated air or dust inside, since it had large holes - plus, one of the workers was doing paint removal with a heat gun outside the tarp, so it was unclear why the rest of the work needed to be covered if his didn't).
For detailed info on what removing lead paint with torches can do to little ones, check out mychildrenhaveleadpoisoning.com for a story of a local family whose children were severely poisoned by torch paint removal in 2005, the effects of which they are still suffering from today. Luckily I was aware of their story when I saw the propane disappearing under the tarp.
My husband heard the sound of a torch turning off and on under the tarp. I confronted the supervisor,
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, who just kept repeating that they weren't using torch or open flame, just heat guns, which are legal (IF they are kept under a certain temperature, and the heat guns I saw didn't appear to have temperature gauges attached, which is not uncommon with heat guns). He ignored my questions about what the propane was for, which is apparently his MO. I just received the CCB's files on lead investigations on various companies
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have been involved with, and several investigations mention
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providing blatantly untrue responses to investigators' questioning, even when the investigators have incontrovertible evidence to the contrary. Several investigations mention the use of propane torches and/or power
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without proper containment attached.
The CCB inspector found that four of the areas where paint had been removed were consistent with the use of heat guns, but one area, located where the tarp had been, and near where my husband heard the sound of a torch, was covered with scorch
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, which is more consistent with use of open flame. (Several other contractors I've had working on my house voluntarily checked it out as well, and all offered the opinion that it was unlikely a heat gun could cause that degree of scorching, unless the person using the gun fell asleep with it next to the house.) Owner
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's response to the CCB is that they were only using the torch to heat the scrapers - an explanation every contractor I spoke with laughed at, since it's not a standard practice and would actually create quite a bit more work for the paint removers.
Disappointingly, they got away with just a warning letter in this case, despite the investigator's certainty that they used a propane torch on the house. But in reviewing the CCB files on the affiliated CCB licenses (you should too!), it's clear both of these guys have long been flouting lead safety laws. In at least one case documented by the CCB, a neighbor child tested with significantly elevated lead levels after an affiliated license performed work next door using propane torches and inadequate power
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. The child happened to have been tested shortly before the work was conducted, and had normal levels at that time.
DO YOUR RESEARCH. HIRE THEM AT YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS' PERIL.
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"He bought the colors that I chose and even put a really nice texture on the walls. The house has never looked as good as it does now. He did three different colors and was very professional. He has given me quotes to redo my floors and several other projects that as soon as I have the money I will be investing with this company.
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"The exterior painting was fast, but they did a poor job. Like they say....Good, Fast, Cheap - you can only pick two. While we moved out for two weeks and they did the interior we discovered our credit card had been stolen (which was left in a desk drawer). When we got back our video game system, laptop computer, silverware, iPod Dock, iPod, some trinkets and a few other not insignificant items were also missing. We confronted the owner, let the state of VT know and filed a police report. Nothing ever came of any of it. Please do not use this company!
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All Lead Paint Removal in Skokie, IL

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ACE REMODELING CO

8820 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL

Affordable Painters PLUS

4636 Mather Ct
Naperville, IL

AirMD

7700 Congress Ave
Boca Raton, FL

All Quality Inc

6348 North Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

AMERICAN CLEAN & SEAL INC

4469 BRAGDON ST
Indianapolis, IN

AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS INC

117 S COOK ST
Barrington, IL

American Virtual Associates

304 Whitelaw Avenue
East Alton, IL

ARMADILLO ENVIROMENTAL AUTHORITY LLC

3340 MAPLE ST
Evergreen Park, IL

Artstic Home Remodeling

1470 S.Villa Ave
River Forest, IL

Awesome Design Contracting

1230 Louis Ave
Elk Grove Village, IL

B & A Painting

1014 Dearborn Ave
Aurora, IL

B & H Lead Abatement Contractors

7156 W 127th St
Palos Heights, IL

B.B. Construction Enterprise inc.

1821 West 51st street
Chicago, IL

BERNHARDT RESTORATION

531 N.Wolf Rd
Wheeling, IL

Chi Renovation & Design

4868 W Dempster Street
Skokie, IL

CHICAGO DIVERSIFIED PROJECTS, INC

6015 N. RIDGE AVE
Chicago, IL

Chicago Inspection Agency

815 N. School St,
Prospect Heights, IL

CNM Development LLC

1266 Wayne Dr
Des Plaines, IL

CRAFTWOOD LUMBER & HARDWARE

1590 OLD DEERFIELD RD
Highland Park, IL