Hazard mitigation describes the actions taken to help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by hazards or disasters. Many hazards or disasters result from flooding, fires, lead paint, soil contamination, asbestos, chemical spills, mold, and more. In this context mitigation is the process of addressing the harmful impacts to an environment caused by human actions. Mitigating a problem area is typically addressed in a multipart solution. Let’s examine the issue of lead paint in this example. The process for other issues will vary but will be similar.

Strategy 1 – Encapsulation
A simple and cheap way to mitigate the effects of lead paint is to cover it up. A technician will go over the paint with a clear coating product that seals in the toxic particles. While a quick and effective remedy, it won’t last forever; encapsulation products also deteriorate over time and will expose the lead paint again, at which time you may need to fully remove the paint.

Strategy 2 – Enclosure
This is a fairly easy way to keep safe from lead paint. It involves putting up drywall to cover the area, essentially hiding it. This method is not as effective as lead paint removal, but it will keep you safe.

Strategy 3 – Removal
For a structure with lead-based paint that is not able to be safely remediated, lead paint removal is required. This is a rigorous process of sanding, brushing, and more to make sure the lead paint removal is complete and that the threat is eliminated.

Strategy 4 – Replacement
Should lead paint removal not be the solution for your property, we can go about performing replacement for our clients. Replacement is the act of removing and replacing the surfaces that contain lead paint entirely.

Every situation is unique and will require its own plan of action. At Cherry Inc, we will work with you to determine an effective and cost-conscious action plan. Call Cherry Inc. today and let us give you peace of mind about the safety and comfort of your environment.