For many years we have heard how lead based materials can put your health at risk. Babies and small children are especially at risk. Is any lead in a home dangerous? How much of a problem is it?
If your home that is about 40 yrs old or more, it was most probably painted using lead paint. Inside as well as outside of the house could have lead paint.
The soil around your home might contain lead from lead paint chips, or paint dust.
Old furniture can look good, but there’s a good chance it may also contain lead paint.
If your homes plumbing system has lead piping, your drinking water could also contain lead.
If your job involves working with lead, you might be transporting some of it back on your clothing and hands without being aware of it.
When does lead present a problem?
Lead dust can be a big problem. When paint is knocked, scraped, or sanded, this creates dust. It is difficult to see and will settle on surfaces where people, especially children touch it and breathe it in.
If your lead paint is in very good condition, then it does not really pose a problem. However, if the paint starts to peel and chip, you need to do something about it quickly.
Treading it in from outside with shoes on may also present a danger, soil that contains lead can be walked in.
In the next article, we are going to consider why lead paint can be such a danger and also what can be done about it. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.