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Is it safe to remove lead-based paint from my home's exterior with a pressure washer?

Yes, always
In most cases
In some cases
No, never
Not sure
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Question: Is it safe to remove lead-based paint from my home's exterior with a pressure washer?
Top Answer (60% of 74 votes): No, never.

Answer: No, never
Explanation: It's simply not safe to do so.
Wildcat Pressure Washing
Answer: No, never
Explanation: Is it against the law to pressure wash exterior lead paint
Pro Clean
Answer: No, never
Explanation: The lead-based paint that is removed will drift all over. This contaminates plants, the soil, and nearby people.
Quality Environmental
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I would not. I would remove source. I have know some inciences they covered with siding and painted over it... In doubt ask local building inspector for city or county.
North State Inspections
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I don't do lead abatement but I wouldn't recommend pressure washing it.
Worsley Inspections LLC
Answer: No, never
Explanation: Environmental hazard
Answer: In some cases
Explanation: The most important thing when removing lead based paint is to protect oneself and all others in the area from the residue and removing it from the area in a safe manner.
Contractors Corp.
Answer: No, never
Explanation: Most lead based paint is fine until it is disturbed and becomes airborne or is ingested.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
Answer: In most cases
Explanation: As long as the prep work is done to catch chips and propped gear used
Garys deck
Answer: No, never
Explanation: Untreated lead poisoning can lead to brain damage or even death. Using a pressure washer put others at harm
A Balance Home Inspection
Answer: No, never
Explanation: No, loose lead paint must be removed by hand using extreme caution; use industrial gloves and a breathing paint mask then must be disposed of immediately.
Dan's Pressure Washing and Sealing
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I try not to mess with it at all if possible
Mallett Pro Wash
Answer: No, never
Explanation: No cause it would spread the lead to other areas.
JCs Environmental Technologies
Answer: No, never
Explanation: There is a process to eliminate lead
All Season Home Inspections
Answer: No, never
Explanation: Removal of lead based paint is specialist work
H2O Environmental Alabama LLC
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