Homes built before 1978 are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Renovating, repairing, or painting these homes can create dangerous lead dust. When managed inappropriately, the exposure can be harmful, especially to children.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems if inhaled or ingested. Some of them are neurological damage, learning disabilities, impaired hearing, and growth problems. Lead can also cause anemia and high blood pressure.

If you live in an older home, there are a few things you can do to protect your family from lead exposure.

1) Use a Lead Testing Kit

You can purchase a lead testing kit at your local hardware store. Test all the paint in your home, especially if it is chipping or flaking. Alternatively, if you are planning to renovate, you can have a lead inspection performed by a certified professional.

2) Use Personal Protective Equipment

If you are going to scrap, sand, or remove lead paint, you must take the proper precautions to protect yourself. This includes wearing a respirator mask, gloves, protective eyewear, and clothing that covers your skin.

3) Use a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Vacuum

Regular vacuums can spread lead dust throughout your home. To prevent this, use a HEPA vacuum when cleaning up lead dust. You can purchase a HEPA vacuum at most hardware stores.

4) Use Lead-Safe Work Practices

When removing lead paint, it is important to use lead-safe work practices. Some of these practices are:
• Wet the area with water before starting any work.
• Clean up thoroughly afterward.
• Proper disposal of all waste.

5) Have Your Home Professionally Inspected and Tested

If you are still concerned about lead in your home, you can have it professionally inspected and tested. A certified lead inspector will be able to identify any areas of concern and recommend the best course of action.

Asbestos Abatement Services provides lead abatement services to safely remove lead from your home. We are certified and licensed professionals who follow all lead-safe work practices. For more information or a free quote, please contact us at 801-210-9909