EPA RRP Lead Certified Services
South Shore, Plymouth & Boston areas
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CertaPro Painters® EPA RRP Lead Certified Services
To work on a home built before 1978, Massachusetts and the Environmental Protection Agency require that painting companies be EPA RRP Certified.
When you work with CertaPro Painters, we are licensed to work on homes and buildings with lead paint safely and comply with all EPA regulations.
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If you need a lead-certified painter, we can help.
Lead-safe renovation in a nutshell:
In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a mandate that significantly impacted the remodeling and painting industry. The Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) changed how painting and renovation contractors need to work on buildings built before 1978 and all schools, non-profit buildings, government buildings, and hospitals.
How can I tell if a home has lead paint?
When we meet you for a quote, we can help determine if your home has lead paint.
You can also buy DIY lead paint detection kits.
Was Your Home Built Before 1978?
According to the EPA, most buildings built before 1978 will likely contain some lead-based paint. This presents a health hazard. Fortunately, now that the dangers of latent lead-based paint are widely known, the EPA has been actively involved in creating stringent regulations that CertaPro Painters follows that govern the renovation of older homes containing lead paint.
Will it cost more to hire a lead-safe renovator in the Boston area?
Yes. Because training and lead-safe work practices require about 30% extra “labor” to support, your home with lead paint will cost more to paint than one without lead. A licensed lead-safe renovator will ensure that all paint debris is contained and removed safely. In fact, if you are getting wildly different prices from different painting contractors to paint your pre-1978 home, it is likely because the lower-priced contractors are not licensed to work on lead homes. If your home contains lead, by law, only a lead-certified painting crew can complete the painting. If a painting company cannot produce a lead-safe license, do not hire them.
Is CertaPro Painters a lead remediator that can completely de-lead our building?
No. We are lead-paint renovators, not remediators. CertaPro Painters is licensed to safely work on buildings with lead paint, contain the dust and chips, and paint safely over the old paint.
Lead paint remediators are companies that do complete de-leading of homes, which is something we don’t do.
What’s the difference between lead-safe painting and de-leading?
Deleading work is done to comply with the Massachusetts lead law through the abatement of lead paint hazards.
When completed, the building or homeowner receives a letter of compliance, which indicates that the property has met deleading requirements administered by the Childhood Lead Poisoning Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (CLPPP) under the Massachusetts Lead Law and 105 CMR 460.000.
Often, deleading work is started after the owner receives an order for the property to comply with the Massachusetts Lead Law. Other times, the owner voluntarily decides to delead the property to seek a compliance letter before they buy a property, to ensure it’s safe to occupy – especially if children will be living or playing in the space.
Renovation work starts with an owner hiring a certified lead renovation contractor (like CertaPro Painters) to only disturb less than the threshold amounts of painted surfaces in pre-1978 residences and child-occupied facilities like schools and daycares. The purpose of the renovation work is not the complete abatement of lead paint or to receive of a letter of compliance. Rather, lead-safe renovation work is usually done to upgrade and beautify the property.
If you have questions about your pre-1978 home on the South Shore, Plymouth or Boston area, email [email protected]. We’re happy to share our knowledge with you.