Lead Paint

Abatement & Removal

There’s a good reason why lead contamination raises concern!

Lead can cause blood disorders, reproductive problems, birth defects, high blood pressure, and brain and nervous-system disorders. In severe cases, the health problems associated with lead poisoning not only can be immediate but also long-term or recurring. That’s because your body store lead your bones.

Abatement refers to the process whereby hazardous paint materials are safely reduced, either by enclosure or the removal, replacement, or encapsulation. We’ll complete an exposure assessment prior to commencing with any abatement activities. If the exposure level is insignificant and no construction, remodeling, or demolition activities are planned, abatement may not be necessary.


Contact EMS, we will be happy to meet with you and explain what liabilities you may have and what, if any abatement action you should take to keep safe.  Once we’ve helped you create an action plan against your lead problem our expert team can move in and eliminate the problem with professionally with our touch of family-based customer service!

Where Is Lead Paint Found?

  • soil containing paint, dust, leaded gas exhaust, and industrial releases
  • pipes and solder made before the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act (1986, 1988)
  • paint on houses, structural steel, and bridges built before 1980 (though many bridges are still being coated with lead-based paint).

You can be exposed by breathing it in and/or swallowing it.

Who’s most at risk from lead exposure?

    • Lead abatement workers
    • Carpenters
    • Remodelers
    • Demolition workers
    • Ironworkers
    • Steel welders and cutters
    • Sheet-metal workers
    • Painters
    • Plumbers and pipefitters
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The effects are the same whether it enters the body through breathing or swallowing.  Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body.  The main target is the nervous system, both in adults and children.

And yes, it is more dangerous to children, a higher risk to both exposure and side effects.  This can include hyperactivity, stunted growth, hearing problems & headaches.

Long-term exposure of adults can result in decreased performance measurable functions of the nervous system.  It may also cause weakness in fingers, wrists, ankles, and joints.  This exposure also causes small increases in blood pressure, particularly in middle-aged and older people, and can cause anemia.  Exposure to high lead levels can severely damage the brain and kidneys in which can even cause death.  Exposure can also cause complications with pregnancy and fertility.

  • Avoid exposure to sources of lead.
  • Do not allow children to chew or mouth surfaces that may have been painted with lead-based paint.
  • Contaminated Water Source, run or flush water that has been standing overnight before drinking or cooking with it.
  • Some types of paints and pigments that are used as make-up or hair coloring contain lead. Keep these kinds of products away from children.
  • If your home contains lead-based paint or you live in a contaminated area, wash children’s hands and faces often to remove lead dust and grime, and regularly clean the house of dust and tracked-in dirt

A blood test is available to measure the amount of lead in your blood and to estimate the amount of your recent exposure. Blood tests are commonly used to screen children for lead poisoning.  The teeth or bones can be measured by X-ray techniques, but these methods are not widely available.

Exposure levels can also be evaluated by measuring erythrocyte protoporphyrin (EP) in blood samples.  EP is a part of red blood cells known to increase when the amount of lead in the blood is high.

However, the EP level is not sensitive enough to identify children with elevated blood lead levels below about 25 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL).  These tests usually require special analytical equipment that is not available in a doctor’s office.

Your doctor can also draw blood samples and send them to appropriate laboratories for analysis.

In your home, you should routinely clean friction points, such as window jams and sills. Clean with soapy water using a damp cloth or sponge. Use care not to spread the problem, by too frequently cleaning.

Dust can also settle on other horizontal surfaces, follow the same procedures to clean them as well.

For any lead presence larger than this please contact EMS to have our skilled professionals assess the situation without risk to your health and safety.

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The cost of abatement can range drastically based on the details of your situation. Ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.

However, if you can safely remove the hazard by improving your housekeeping routine, we are more than happy to help you create a plan with minimal cost.

Every site & situation is different, EMS will gladly visit your facility to review your concerns and discuss ways of eliminating and/or managing exposure to lead.

The initial consultation with EMS is FREE!

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Need consultation on your facility?  With over 10 years of experience in environmental cleanup management, I am ready to tackle the problem head-on!

Provide a few details of your situation, even if we have to come out and take a look, the consultation is free!


Nate Papaik is a Project Manager and Estimator for the environmental division of EMS, Inc. He started as a laborer in 2002, attained his supervisor license in 2010, and became a member of management in 2012. 

Nate specializes in asbestos, lead, and mold. He attended college at IPFW and spent 6 years in the Marine Corps.

In his free time, Nate particularly enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters.