If remodeling contractors aren’t already aware, the game has changed due to a new federal mandate. Contractors remodeling homes pre 1978 must have lead safe training by April 22nd 2010 and comply with the regulation. These lead safe work practices can be a daunting and time consuming task for inexperienced remodeling contractor. The extra man hours can add up on a given project and consume profits. This article attempts to give some insiders “tricks of the trade” from a former lead abatement contractor to help reduce man hours and keep material costs down while complying with the new mandate.
Finding the mold should be the first step. Mold usually grows in areas that are damp and humid. Check in places near the kitchen, walls, and bathrooms. Hidden areas are difficult to spot mold on so you should also check under carpets, Popcorne ceiling removal corners, and beneath cabinets and shelves.
Comments on Satin Paint: are not truly “shiny,” but more like actual satin, in having subtle reflective qualities. This sheen adds just enough light to the walls to be called a slight “glow”. Satin or semi-gloss finishes are easy to clean and are good for highlighting architectural details.
NOTE: Always work in areas from the top to bottom. Paint Ceiling first, then walls, then the trim or moldings. Always brush the edges (cutting in) first prior to rolling. When cutting in make sure you feather out the edges.
Wear protective eye goggles: Goggles to protect the eyes are available at the local hardware or building supply store. Mold spores are hazardous and all of one’s body should be covered.
Start by putting your eye protection on and then wet the ceiling. Removing popcorn ceiling textures requires that you completely saturate the section to be removed. Use the garden hose or the spray bottle, whichever you are more comfortable with. When the area is drenched, you may begin the scraping process. Some just allow the materials to fall on the drop cloth. It is better to place them in a plastic bag or bucket, but the choice is up to you. Once you finish removing texture ceiling from an area, wipe it down with a damp sponge or rag and move on to the next area. Complete this until the entire project is done.
Mold that has died can still cause allergic reactions in people who are susceptible to mold. The mold must also be removed after it has been killed. If bathroom mold is found in the walls and ceilings and the area of the mold infection is more than 10 square feet, professional mold remediation will be necessary in almost all cases for best results.