Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning

If your home was built before 1978, there is a high possibility that it contains lead paint.
Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning

What You Should Know About Lead-Based Paint

If your home was built before 1978, there is a high possibility that it contains lead paint. Lead paint was banned from residential paints in 1978 due to the serious health problems caused by lead poisoning. The primary source of lead is dust from deteriorating lead paint. This could be flaking, peeling, chipping, and chalking of the paint or dust from a remodeling project. It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:

  • Windows and window sills;
  • Doors and door frames; and
  • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches.

If you are considering a home remodel or if you are experiencing symptoms of lead poisoning, have your home tested for lead and learn about potential lead hazards. You can get your home checked in one or both of the following ways:

  • A paint inspection — An inspector will take the appropriate steps to test your home. They will tell you the lead content of every different type of painted surface in your home. However, this test does not tell you if the paint is a hazard or how to deal with it. This is most appropriate when you are buying a home or signing a lease, before you renovate, and to help you determine how to maintain your home for lead safety.
  • A risk assessment — The inspector will tell you if there are any sources of serious lead exposure such as peeling paint and lead dust, including what actions to take to address these hazards. This is most helpful if you want to know if lead is causing exposure to your family now.

It is vital to have qualified professionals do the work. There are standards in place for certifying lead-based paint professionals to ensure the work is done safely, reliably, and effectively. At Southeast Environmental, we have certified and licensed staff that can perform comprehensive lead based paint inspections and risk assessments. We are dedicated to ensuring your home is safe for you and your family. If you have concerns about lead in your home, give us a call at (866) 939-4429.

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