Preferred Environmental

P O Box 4326

Evansville, IN  47724

Phone: 812-491-7424


Fax:     812-491-7424


Lead Abatement

Lead is a heavy metal used in paint to speed drying, increase durability, retain a fresh appearance and resist moisture that causes corrosion.  It is also the cause of major health and environmental issues.  It is especially damaging to children under the age of six whose bodies are still developing.  Lead may cause nervous system damage, stunt growth and delay development as well as kidney damage and damage to every organ system in the body.  It is a hazard to adults also causing damage to reproductive system of both men and women.  Lead paint is particularly dangerous because of its sweet taste, therefore encouraging children to put lead chips and toys with lead dust in their mouths.  As a result of the damaging effects of lead, on September 2, 1977 the United States government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a final ban on lead from paint.


Because residential and commercial properties built prior to 1978 may have been painted using lead-based paint, people are still at risk of lead poisoning in the home or workplace particularly where renovations or disturbance of painted surfaces occur.  Effective April 22, 2010, the US EPA now requires that all renovators who work in homes built pre 1978 and disturb more than six square feet of lead paint be RRP certified.


PES is experienced in various methods of abatement and hazard reduction of lead-based paint that is adhered to surfaces and the removal of loose and flaking lead-based paint, dust and lead-contaminated soil.  Removal methods include chemical stripping, wet scraping, needle gun, roto-peen and abrasive blasting.  High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums are utilized for dust and debris clean up.  TCLP analysis of removal material, as required, is performed to assure proper disposal of lead-contaminated waste and debris generated from removal operations.  PES is also disciplined in the services of inspection, risk assessment, and hazard reduction design.  Lead services have been performed in commercial buildings, government and institutional buildings, schools, hospitals, industrial facilities as well as residential properties.