If you are planning a renovation to help you sell your pre-1978 home, make sure that any contractor you choose is up on the latest on containing lead. The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for all remodelers who intend to work on homes built before 1978 to register their company and complete an eight-hour training and certification course. The course teaches remodelers how to safely contain lead in a home as it is being disturbed and reduce exposure to residents and workers.
“Consider it a red flag if a remodeler doesn’t mention lead if you live in an older home," says Doug Dervin, who owns Double D Contractors in Hicksville and chairs the National Association of the Remodeling Industry NARI NYC/LI Government Affairs Committee. "Even though the law is not in effect until April, they should make homeowners aware of lead exposure."
Current law requires that renovators give homeowners an EPA brochure titled “Renovate Right,” which includes facts about lead and lead safety in the home. It also must be signed to signal that homeowners have been properly notified of the dangers.
If a homeowner has any doubts about the quality of lead safe practices being conducted in the home, call 1-800-424-LEAD.