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They're not kidding, part II: It's not just the EPA or OSHA that make you clean up lead
Most certified renovators and firms worry about the fines and other enforcement tactics by the EPA and OSHA. Who knew that local departments of health would force, not contractors, but homeowners to take the responsibility to rid their homes of lead paint danger; with apparently no choice.
For example, many states require mandatory lead testing of school children, which leads to identification of homes where lead is present. If it is Section 8 housing, or even rental properties, owners can be forced to remove the lead.
How far will a municipality go? The Erie County (New York) Department of Health for example, enacted a program of lead safe homes. Owners of homes with lead paint received letters informing them to take action to "minimize further exposure to lead and dust." The letter said in bold print that a "work plan must be submitted no later than 14 days from the date" the notice is received. That may not mean the work was to be done in two weeks, but homeowners needed to contact the inspector and begin to work out a plan to remediate the problem. See video here.
This program may have run its course. But there are others like Rhode Island who make testing of school children mandatory, as do other states, and that leads to identification of homes with lead dust. It pays to know what your local governments are doing. Good news? They may have money for lead removal. Not so good news? They may have strict laws to have the lead removed which may be different than the EPA RRP Rule.
Medicaid has always supported testing of children. But now it’s mostly everyone. The Affordable Care Act of 2013 (Obamacare) will pay for lead testing in kids.
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Front doors top list of remodel work that pays off
Press of Atlantic City
The results of Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value home improvement report are in, and they provide encouragement for homeowners looking to make their homes more attractive to buyers.
Social media marketing: Where to begin?
Business 2 Community
There are many reasons to utilize social media for marketing, as many business owners are already aware. Beginning to advertise can be stressful enough, but finding how and where you’re going to market is another step in the direction of confusing.
To make matters worse, with all of the social media outlets available, you’re left with the mind-blowing question: where the heck do you start?
Knowing the pros and cons of the social media outlets available for marketing can help provide assistance in choosing where to begin your advertisement process.
Lucent Windows and Doors seeks SBA loan to expand new plant
Since Lucent Window and Door, LLC opened its new factory near St. Louis, Missouri, last December, the company has been turning out more than 400 complete window and door sets daily. Within a month the company was looking to expand operations by securing a Small Business Administration Loan to expand inventory.
Voluntary benefits help small businesses think big
Employee Benefit News
Recent economic times magnified bottom-line concerns of small business owners. Many who weathered the downturn did so with lean staffs willing to work harder and longer to keep the job. But as the economy improves, those hard-working employees are apt to look for opportunities with larger firms that offer richer benefits and better life balance. Benefits play an important role in this consideration; half of employees recently surveyed say benefits are an important reason they remain with their employer. Small business owners who don’t pay attention to benefits risk losing their best workers.
NAHB revamps Green Awards
For Residential Pros
The National Association of Home Builders has introduced its new integrated Green Awards program. For the first time, industry professionals have the opportunity to be recognized across several awards programs for their green building accomplishments, rather than entering one standalone awards program.
How to replace or revamp your garage doors
A garage that faces the street (especially a large two- or three-car garage) can take up a lot of visual real estate. If your garage doors are in poor shape, clash with the style of your home or are just uninspired, replacing them can greatly increase your home’s curb appeal. Here are the need-to-know facts about updating your garage doors, covering style, cost and more.
Andersen Windows opens up on sustainability vision
Over the past decade, Andersen Corp. has methodically embraced more stringent measures to reduce the impact of its manufacturing operations and its products, the large majority of which is primarily installed in houses and smaller buildings like churches, schools or apartment buildings. And you're probably going to hear a lot more moving forward: it officially appointed its first sustainability chief, Jim Weglewski (also in charge of "corporate quality"), in late 2013.
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