Category Archives: Safety

The Lowdown of VOCs

As professional painters we are often asked about the chemicals in paints often referred to as VOCs. These VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds and are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Common products that contain these VOCs include: paints, paint strippers, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleaning products, and disinfectants to name just a few. The VOCs are released in the moments while the paint is drying and in the days thereafter.

 

If you are chemically sensitive or want to avoid the paint smell there are low VOC paints out there on the market that we will happily use. Low VOC paints contain reduced levels of chemicals, making them more environmentally friendly. Low VOC paint is also less smelly and a healthier alternative. Low VOC paints or zero VOC paints are just as durable as traditional paints. Also, they can be custom-mixed to match colors and applied in the same manner.

 

At Jerry Enos Painting we stay up-to-date on the latest technology and types of paints on the market and coming into the market. In coordination with Benjamin Moore paints, we offer zero VOC and zero emissions paint. This paint, called Natura®  is now certified asthma & allergy friendly™ as well as Zero VOC and Zero Emissions (measured at 4 hours after application.)

Giving our clients all the options of fewer chemicals is just one of the ways we strive to make our customers happy and provide 100% satisfaction. If you want more information, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

Lead Paint: Abatement vs. Encapsulation

Lead paint wasn’t banned in the US until 1978 and before that it was used all over the place. Chances are if your home was built before the early 80s there’s lead paint on your walls. It’s probably lurking underneath more than a few layers of non-lead paint – which is good – but that means peeling paint and paint dust from renovations make lead exposure a real possibility – which is bad. Even a little lead paint dust can be harmful, especially to small children.

Once you know or even suspect that there’s lead paint in your home, it’s time to consider encapsulation or abatement. Most people opt for encapsulation, which involves prepping walls to remove all loose paint and then applying a special liquid coating sufficient to encapsulate (or seal in) the lead paint underneath. Sometimes sheetrock or tile is installed over lead paint to keep dust from entering the air. Note that regular paint is NOT an encapsulant.

The alternative is abatement (sometimes ordered by a state or local government), which is the total removal of lead paint performed by an abatement company licensed to safely strip a house of all lead paint. In this case, the hazard posed by lead paint is removed permanently but for many people the cost of removal is prohibitive because the abatement process itself is expensive and afterwards a house or apartment will still need prepping, priming, and painting.

In either case, remodeling work in homes with suspected lead paint should always be done by an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator who will know how to safely work around lead paint and keep it from spreading during renovations. Find an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator at http://www.leadfreekids.org.

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Lead Paint: Removal, Safety and the Real Deal

Thanks to awareness campaigns going back more than three decades, most people know that lead paint is dangerous.

What many don’t know is exactly why. And even fewer know what they ought to do should it turn out they’re living in a home with lead paint on walls or trim. If you think that your house or apartment couldn’t possibly have lead paint, you might be surprised.

It’s more common than you think! Lead paint wasn’t banned in the US until 1978 and it was widely used before then, so if you live in a home constructed before then the chances that lead is lurking somewhere in your home are pretty good.

Updated 2013 regulations that outline work and clean up procedures for contractors may be keeping professionals and their clients safer, but instances of lead paint poisoning often involve kids under 6, DIYers, and handymen working without training or certifications.

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If you suspect there’s lead paint in your home or you’ve tested for lead and confirmed it, here are some steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:

  • Remodeling? Make sure you’re working with an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator. They’ll have the tools and know-how to work safely around lead paint, which adults often ingest inadvertently in the form of paint dust during unsafe renovations. Find an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator at http://www.leadfreekids.org.
  • Exposed lead paint can be covered with heavy-duty materials like tile or sheetrock. Painting over lead paint is only a temporary fix – if new paint peels, it will expose the lead all over again.
  • Families with children in homes with known lead paint should have kids tested for lead exposure and poisoning. Lead paint can taste sweet so babies and young children will sometimes eat it on purpose, but even a few lead paint dust particles consumed accidentally can harm a child.

The real deal is this: When handled safely, lead paint poses hardly any health risks. Be smart and protect yourself and your family.

 

 

 

 

Is Your Backyard Deck Really Ready for Summer?

At long last, springtime is finally here, though it may not be quite the right temperature for backyard barbecuing just yet. If you’re anything like us you’re absolutely ready for deck weather but is your deck? Ice, snow, sun, and storms (along with other winter wear and tear) can damage a deck. And a deck that wasn’t in the best shape when temperatures turned cold could need extra care.

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Of course, you can’t know what condition your deck is in until you’ve taken a look. Composite lumber or vinyl decks will likely need nothing more than a quick hose down – or a professional wash if it’s been a few years. Pressure treated wood decks, on the other hand, are subject to wood rot and decay, splitting, splintering, and warping. Inspect wooden decks from bottom to top, paying special attention to support beams and tightening/replacing hardware as needed.

On the surface and on railings, these common problems can be cosmetic issues that require nothing more than turning or replacing a board. However, if there is significant rot or water damage near support beams you may need to consult with a professional about repairs before using your deck.

Assuming that your deck does not need any major maintenance, it’s time to clean! Pressure washing isn’t always an option with treated lumber. Oxygen bleach is a non-toxic cleaner that’s safe to use on decks and won’t harm the plants and animals in your yard. Sealing is the next step to making sure your wood deck repels moisture and stays in top condition.

Did you know that Jerry Enos Painting offers deck refinishing and restoration? We can breathe new life into even the most weather-beaten deck! Call us to find out more.

 

Check Out Jerry Talking Shop and Safety with Festool

At Jerry Enos Painting we have always prided ourselves on being a clean company – and to us, that means a lot more than leaving job sites looking spotless. A commitment to health and safety is part of our core company philosophy. We’re committed to the health of our crew, of the earth, and especially of all of our clients, which is why we use the latest and best technology to ensure every paint job is making the least possible impact on people and the environment.

Recently, Jerry himself was interviewed about crew and client safety for a video for Festool, which makes a unique dust extraction system that makes sanding 99.7% dust free.

Check it out!

Jerry was asked to be a part of the video after being invited to attend an exclusive seminar for contractors that was focused on product-related issues. When it was his turn to talk about his business, stain expert Rick Farrar suggested he talk product instead. Jerry took his advice and as a result, Jordan Haire, Director of Paint for Festool USA, called to thank him for the great testimonial and ask him to write some testimonials for the company’s marketing materials.

The target audience of the video is the contractors who use Festool’s dust extractors, but we hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch it because we want all of our clients to see what kinds of equipment we’re using to make every job safer.