Are you living in a home that was built before 1978? If so, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, “there is a good chance it has lead-based paint.” Why is 1978 the magic year? Because, that’s the year the federal government banned lead paint for consumer uses. Some states, however, banned lead paint prior to 1978.
Some people think that lead paint is only dangerous for children who get peeling paint chips in their mouths, but that’s not the case. Lead-contaminated dust is actually one of the leading causes of lead poisoning, also known as “plumbism.”
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), “Lead toxicity can affect every organ system.” The ATSDR goes on to say that “childhood lead poisoning can lead to health effects later in life including renal effects, hypertension, reproductive problems, and developmental problems with their offspring.” In children, overexposure to lead can lead to coma, ataxia, convulsions, hyperirritability, stupor, convulsions, and in worse cases death, says the ATSDR.
Lead Paint is Still in Millions of U.S. Homes
According to the EPA, lead paint still exists in millions of homes and in some cases it’s located under newer, lead-free paint. Fortunately, if the paint is still in good shape, the lead shouldn’t pose any problems. However, when lead-based paint is peeling, cracking, chipping, damaged, or even damp, then it poses a health hazard and should be addressed immediately.
If you have an infant or toddler, it can also be a problem if lead-based paint is present on surfaces that they tend to chew, such as window sills, stair cases, railings and porches. Areas that get a lot of wear and tear are hazards as well.
Things to keep in mind:
- Household dust can contain lead from lead-based paint.
- Lead-based paint that is on the exterior of the home can be tracked indoors.
- Renovations can disturb toxic lead-based paint, polluting the air.
- If lead was used in the household plumbing, it can leach into the household water supply. According to the EPA, it was common to use lead pipes until 1986.
Lead Abatement Contractors in Cleveland
If you suspect there is lead-based paint present in your older home or business, we encourage you to contact Green Hole Solutions, LLC for professional help getting the lead effectively removed from your structure. To learn more, check out our lead abatement page.
To schedule a free estimate, contact us at (216) 220-4527 today!