Our country faces many severe health and environmental problems as a result of lead pollution. The EPA and HUD conducted surveys that proved that lead-based paint was a major contributor to childhood lead poisoning in houses built before 1980.
Lead-based paint is present in roughly 83% of all housing stock in the private sector and in roughly 86% of family housing units in the nation’s housing authorities. Lead-based paint is found more often in pre-1950 housing units, although housing constructed prior to 1978 may contain lead-based paint. If you’re thinking about buying or renting a home built before 1978, you should consider the health risks associated with lead-based paint and plumbing and schedule an appointment to evaluate the safety of your home.
Lead risks in children:
- Nervous system and kidney damage
- Learning and intelligence disabilities
- Speech, language, and behavior problems
- Poor muscle coordination
- Decreased muscle and bone growth
- Hearing damage
Most children are not exposed to high enough amounts of lead to cause long-lasting, damaging effects. But high levels can cause seizures, unconsciousness, and in some cases, death.
Lead risks in adults:
- Harm to babies in the womb
- Fertility problems for women and men
- High blood pressure
- Digestive problems
- Nerve disorders
- Memory and concentration problems
- Muscle and joint pain
Most common places to find lead:
- Chipped lead-based paint in older homes
- On surfaces that can have friction or a lot of use, such as doors and doorframes, and windows and window sills
- On stairs, railings, banisters, and porches
- It can also be found on surfaces that children can chew on
If it is in good condition, lead-based paint isn’t usually a hazard. It’s only when it’s chipped or unsettled that it becomes hazardous. That’s because the chipping produces dust that contains toxins that can be breathed in and cause damage to your body. When the home is vacuumed or swept, dust can reenter the air, causing harm to people in the house.
The only way to really determine if paint (or plumbing and soil, for that matter) has hazardous levels of lead is to have it tested. The experts at Advanced Environmental Consulting can do this for you. Call us today to schedule your appointment and ensure the safety and well being of your family: (303) 257-8994