Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lead Paint in Tampa Homes

Lead in Tampa Homes

Federal law now requires that contractors, property managers, and others who disturb known or presumed lead-based paint during renovation must be EPA certified renovators, certified in lead-safe work practices if their work disturbs more than 6 square feet of paint on the interior or a 20-square-foot section on the exterior of homes and child care facilities built before 1978. The older your home is, the more likely it contains lead-based paint, which can turn into fine, ingestible dust, if disturbed. Over 70 % of Tampa Homes in zip codes 33629 Palma Ceia, 33611 South Tampa, 33606 Hyde Park, 33604 Seminole Heights and Davis Island who were built before 1978, are testing positive for lead paint, and do pose a high threat to children if lead - safe practices are ignored.
There are many misconceptions about lead, People seem to think lead is a problem of the past. People still believe that kids can only get lead poisoning by eating paint chips and that it's a problem with parenting and not with housing. This is not the case. Lead dust created during renovations pose the highest lead poison threat to children.
Though children below the age of 6 are at the greatest risk. Health experts say anyone can be poisoned by lead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates some 250,000 U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 5 suffer from lead poisoning. According to EPA, over one million kids have been poisoned by lead from old paint and uncontained renovations, meaning they have more than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Children who have elevated blood lead levels can experience developmental and behavioral problems down the li

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Certified EPA lead - safe Contractor

Phil's Handy Service, Inc. is an EPA lead-safe Contractor, under the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Authorized to do work on and in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 in TampaFlorida, all US States, Tribes, and Territories as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. EPA Certification # NAT-26458-1

Under Federal Law
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Handyman Service and Remodeling Contractor Tampa,FL

Handyman service and home repair contractor Tampa, FL Press Release

South Tampas own handyman and home repair contractor Phils Handy Service, Inc. thriving in down economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETampa, Florida, United States of America March 27, 2011 -- Tampa's own handyman and home repair contractor Phil's Handy Service, Inc. looks to be thriving in what experts are calling the worst recession this country has seen in two generations. With the collapse of the over bloated housing market and the rising cost of daily necessities, home owners are now beginning to realize the benefits of hiring a true professional when it comes to their number one biggest investment, their homes. Our independent research team asked Tampa home owners what their top complaints were with hiring someone to work on their homes. In asking this question we found out Tampa home owners are getting savvy when it comes to knowing what to ask a contractor. Number one complaint was the sheer number of unlicensed and uninsured individuals they had to go through to find a legitimate licensed contractor willing to take on the small jobs. Complaint number two was the person they thought they had hired to do the job used subcontractors and only showed up to collect payment and never even taking any part in the actual work contracted. The third and final top complaint is poor workmanship and hollow promises to return to fix problems, but most would not even return phone calls.This is not the case when it comes to Phil's Handy Service, Inc. Our research team was able to find them on numerous web sites. All giving them a continued unheard of rating of five stars. On one site Merchant; Tampa Contractor Phil's Handy Service, Inc. has thirty (30) five star ratings, eighteen (18) reviews calling them the best of the best. Another site, which looks to be their main website, has a testimonial page with forty (40) glowing testimonials. Everything from their handyman services to fully permitted contracting projects. We were able to find them dominating the South Tampa, Davis Island market with a site called Again we found instance after instance of happy customers leaving testimonials and reviews. is their site dedicated to kitchen and bath remodeling with nice project photos and a YouTube video. Phil's Handy Service Inc.'s Handyman and Home Repair services are also listed as backed by the Super guarantee. Apparently they are also one of the good guys. They have been awarded the Merchants Circle's Circle of Excellence award and are active members of The Association of Construction Industry Certified Professionals ACICP Phil's Handy Service, Inc., known to be the Contractor who cares, is also an EPA lead safe contractor and certified firm. EPA Certification # NAT-26458-1. State of the art dust control measures are used on all jobs, no matter how large or small, to contain dust and protect air quality in your home. Federal EPA Lead Safe rules are in effect. If your home was built before 1978 some components could contain lead and fall under the EPA's lead-based paint renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) program rules for contractors, property managers, and others who disturb known or presumed lead-based paint during renovation and can only be worked on by EPA lead-safe renovators. Rules are in full effect as of April 22, 2010. Please visit the EPA's website to read the complete (RRP) rule.In a recent interview with the owner of Phil's Handy Service, Inc. we asked Mr. Garcia: "What is the secret of your success?" He smile and replied "You see that's the problem. Everyone is looking for the secret and there's not one. You simply have to give people what they want. Do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. It's all a matter of Honesty and Integrity. Well you know I started working on homes at the age of 16 and I can remember a paper contractor, who I think never did any real work in his life, laughing at me because I was proud of my calluses on my hands. Here it is: You have to love what you do then go do it. That's what I do. I actually do the work I'm hired for. I also manage all stages of our projects, from the pre-design phase of a project through permitting construction and delivery. We have formed alliances with Tampa Bay's finest architects, structural engineers, and specialized trades people. For example Jesse Wilson of Williers Electric Co, David Park Plumbing , Anthony Reyes, a Tampa Masonry contractor, Architectural Design by Innovative Design Studios, Inc. We are proud holders of a Residential Contractors License valid in the entire State of Florida for new Construction, Home repair, Remodeling, and Hurricane disaster construction response. " Looks like Phil's Handy Service, Inc. has the right plan to succeed in this down economy and has serious room to grow. Investors should be keeping a close eye on this up and coming corporation.

Mairead Dowling


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tampa Contractors informational website

Tampa Contractor has released a new informational website to help Tampa bay home owners avoid being scammed by unlicensed and often uninsured individuals pretending to be contractors. There you will also find links to other professionals in the construction field. For instance a very highly skilled and meticulous architectural firm Innovative Design Studios, Inc. who produces some of the finest building plans or what some people still call them, blue prints. A South Tampa fully licensed handyman and home repair service serving South Tampa ,North Tampa, Clearwater, and St Petersburg Florida.