I know it doesn’t seem possible, but Spring will eventually be here. And with the advent of warmer weather, a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of renovation. But if you live in a home built prior to 1978, there is a new Federal law of which you need to be aware.
Older homes usually have lead -based paint on the walls. Lead-based paint in good condition is not generally a health hazard, but once it starts to flake, it is potentially harmful. And a renovation project yields lots of chipping, peeling, and dust.
In response to this hazard, effective April 2010, Federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than six square feet of paint in a home built before 1978 must be certified. The certification process is not particularly onerous, but it is necessary.
I checked the informative EPA web site below, and my favorite painter is certified. Is yours?