The dangers of lead and lead based materials found in the home have become more and more apparent in recent years. Sadly, those most at risk are unborn babies, babies and small children. How concerned should you be about lead in the home?
There is a greater likelihood that your home originally had lead paint, if it is older that 40yrs. This would be both inside as well as outside. Lead could also be found in the water supply, as older homes often had lead piping. If you are a lover of old furniture, it could also contain lead paint etc.
The danger to health is present when this lead paint is in bad condition, for example when it starts to chip or dent, producing dust or paint chips. As we are well aware, dust settles anywhere it can and when this dust contains lead, it can be breathed in or touched by anyone in the home, which is especially harmful to smaller children.
It is not always just a problem inside the home. Lead paint chips could also be found in the soil surrounding the home. This means that if you walk through the house with shoes on, you could be transporting it with you.
While it is good to be concerned, there are a number of things that can be done to help the situation. This will be discussed in future articles. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to assist you.