Lead poisoning effects
Lead poisoning effects are serious heath concerns for children, pregnant women, elderly, and even healthy adults. If your home was built before 1978, you have lead based paint, which has to be handled in a specific way. Before we realized the dangers, lead was used as pigment to speed up drying, increase durability, retain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes corrosion.
How do you get lead poisoning?
The most common way you, your children, and your pets can get lead poisoning is from the dust and the flakes of the old paint that chips off over time. It’s easy to accidentally ingest. It’s not just on the inside of your home either. Flaking paint chips on the outside of the home can easily get into the soil and on children and pets playing in the area and even fruits and veggies planted nearby.
Lead poisoning symptoms
Exposure to lead based paint chips can cause serious health concerns. If you’re concerned about the possibility of someone in your home having lead poisoning, immediately call your doctor. This requires a medical diagnosis. Lead poisoning symptoms include: developmental delays, abdominal pain, neurologic changes, and irritability. At very high levels, it can be fatal.
Removing lead based paint
Before you touch the paint in your home, you should be aware of the dangers and expense of not properly handling the job. The EPA has a ruling that starting in April of 2010, contractors have to be must certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. There’s a tens of thousands of dollars of fines if not safely taken care of in your home. There are several ways to rid your home of lead based paint, however some of those methods will actually increase your exposure. The safest way to handle lead based paint is to hire a professional equipped with the necessary tools and techniques to keep your family safe and healthy.
Jim Leinbach is an EPA Certified Renovator. He has been certified to comply with EPA renovation, repair, and painting rules and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule. You can be at ease knowing that we’re taking care of your paint problems. When dealing with old, cracked, chipping paint, don’t chance spreading lead paint dust.
Call Leinbach Services to handle your remodeling job in the Tri-Cities Bristol (423) 764-0126
Residential Service Department Hours:
8:00 am till 8:00 pm Monday – Friday
Saturday 8am-3 pm, except holidays.