Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What You Don’t Know About Lead Paint That Could Harm Someone You Love

Did you know lead poisoning is a major health concern in the US?
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According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead can be found in many parts of our environment – like the air, soil, water, and even inside our homes. Lead and lead compounds are used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.

Lead paint is commonly found in homes built before 1978, unless it has been removed. A lead-based paint inspection can show you whether or not the leaded pain is still there. Lead exposure is especially dangerous for pregnant women and for children six years and younger.

According to the EPA, if you own an older home in Ann Arbor or in its surrounding areas, you may be at an increased risk of health problems, including:

1.      Behavior and learning problems
2.      Lower IQ and Hyperactivity
3.      Slowed growth
4.      Hearing Problems
5.      Anemia

Pregnant Women
1.      Reduced growth of the fetus
2.      Premature birth

Other Adults
1.      Cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension
2.      Decreased kidney function
3.      Reproductive problems (in both men and women)

If you own an older home, you should find a painting contractor in Ann Arbor that is lead- abatement certified to perform a no lead paint renovation. According to federal law, contractors and owners of rental properties are required to inform occupants about the risk of lead-based-paint before non-emergency repair, maintenance, and home renovation work. By doing so, they demonstrate to the owners/renters that they understand the risks and show that they take specific precautions to protect against lead-based paint hazards.

If you’re concerned about the possibility of having lead-based paint in your home, call an experienced painting contractor in Ann Arbor. Mussio Painting will make sure your house is free of lead paint, so you don’t have to worry about risking your family’s health. Call (734) 995-2646 to receive a detailed bid. We treat every home as our own! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Master Painters in Ann Arbor Suggest the Easiest Way to Remove Wallpaper

Master Painters in Ann ArborCan I remove wallpaper without frustration?

How do I remove wallpaper without destroying my walls?

Does it matter which wallpaper solution I use?

We’ll do our best to answer all your unanswered questions because we’re Ann Arbor’s master painters!

We’d like to offer you our suggestions for removing unwanted wallpaper in your house (almost) pain free. Some of the steps you can take are:
  1. Use a concentrated remover solution (like vinegar and water). This should help dissolve the wallpaper glue.
  2. If the wallpaper doesn't peel off effortlessly, spray the vinegar and water remover solution on the wall and let it penetrate.
  3. After the solution has soaked through, try peeling the wallpaper, starting with the bottom corner.
  4. Scrape the leftover backing with a putty knife using light pressure.
  5. When you think the wallpaper and glue are removed, spray the wall with the vinegar and water solution one more time and scrape off any missed spots.
  6. Lastly, wipe down the walls with a damp cloth.

When the removal process is over, there may be a little damage to your walls depending on your previous wallpaper installation technique. If proper preliminary steps were taken, like sealing the walls with a primer, your walls should be damage free after the removal process.

If you’re concerned about the amount of time and effort it might take to remove your wallpaper, no worries! Mussio Ann Arbor Master Painters will get the job done, so you don’t have to worry about the headache. The #1 easiest way to remove wallpaper is to hire us to do it! Call (734) 995-2646 to receive a detailed bid. We treat every home as our own!