Lead poisoning is the main consequence of being exposed to lead based paint, especially for children. It is crucial to know the status of your home and to clear all lead paint from your premises. Please allow S.A Barcia Inspections, LLC. know if there are any other questions that we may answer for you.
Lead poisoning occurs when lead is ingested. Breathing in dust that contains lead can also cause lead poisoning. Lead does not have a smell or taste, and it is not visible to the naked eye. In the United States, lead used to be common in house paint and gasoline.
Paint: Lead was used in house paint until is was banned in 1978. Dust and paint chips can be generated whenever it deteriorates or is scraped or sanded.
Soil: Lead was widely used in gasoline until 1974, when a gradual regulated phase out began. Lead can be found in high concentrations in the soil surrounding high traffic routes as a result of leaded gasoline fallout. Lead can also be found in the soil surrounding buildings or structures painted with lead-based paint.
Water: Drinking water may contain lead due to the use of lead pipes or lead solder. The use of lead pipes and solder (for potable water supplies) was banned in 1987.
Lead-based paint is defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as any paint that contains more than 0.5 percent lead by weight (or about 1 milligram per square centimeter of painted surface). This is the "action level" at which the EPA recommends removal of lead paint when it is deteriorating and chipping.
The effects of lead-poisoning on children can be devastating. Irreversible learning disabilities as well as lowered intelligence are the usual result. Lead poisoning occurs when lead has been introduced into the bloodstream by ingestion and inhalation of lead dust or fumes. Our bodies cannot distinguish lead from other minerals, like iron and calcium, which our bodies actually need, and sends it directly to vital organs. Lead is then deposited in these organs as well as our brain and bone marrow. Women of childbearing age and children under the age of six are considered to be at the highest risk.
Pregnant women are at a high risk for lead poisoning because any lead that they are exposed to transfers directly to the unborn baby. The main reason for this is the way a child's body assimilates lead (mistaking it for a vital nutrient). In addition, children (both unborn and born) have bodies which are still developing, and are at a low body weight. Hence, small children have a high rate of hand/ toy to mouth contact.
Lead poisoning can lead to a variety of health problems in kids, including: decreased bone and muscle growth, poor muscle coordination, damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and or hearing.
Some of the effects are permanent. In sever cases anemia, seizures, coma, or death may occur.
You will need to have your home tested by a licensed lead inspector. We can thoroughly check your home for the presence of lead paint and provide you with documentation.
Your home will be inspected thoroughly and tested for lead through, XRF analysis, Paint Chip sampling, and Dust Wipe sampling. Then, we will generate a record of any and all lead hazards on a detailed report.
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