Choosing a heating and air conditioning contractor to work in your home is a serious matter that can affect your family’s health. Many people have heard of the dangers of lead paint to children. The truth is that lead exposure can be dangerous to anyone, regardless of age. For this reason, the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) has guidelines in place to limit lead exposure to the public, including adults.
Government guidelines help consumers identify safe companies to hire for their plumbing needs. The EPA states that “common renovation activities…can create hazardous lead dust.” The fact is, any home constructed before 1978 could have lead paint. This paint was widely used in construction and often was never removed completely from homes and other buildings.
The EPA Lead-Safe Certified Program is your assurance that plumbing and other HVAC contractors have learned lead-safe work rules from EPA trainers, which include: keeping their work area properly separated from you and your family, keeping the level of dust to a minimum and cleaning up thoroughly when finished.
By choosing a certified heating and air conditioning contractor you get someone trained above and beyond normal “neat and clean” procedures. If a non-certified contractor assures you that he or she will “clean up” after themselves, this does not mean government procedures are being followed to keep your family safe. In many cases, non-certified firms don’t clean up after themselves at all. Even if the work area looks clean, you can only be certain it is really clean if the work is done by an EPA certified firm. Remember, tiny particles of lead dust may be invisible.
Hire a contractor who will not cut corners in a rush to get to the next job, and put your family’s health at risk. Remember, even if there are no children in your home, lead dust is harmful to your family’s health. Local EPA certified expert contractors Rodenhiser can take care of all your plumbing needs safely. Contact us at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning providing reliable service in the Route 495 / 128 area of Massachusetts for over 85 years.