Everything You Need To Know About Lead Paint

With the advancement of medical and scientific discovery, the dangers of lead use came to light in the late 1900s. Unfortunately, by that time, lead paint had been used in many homes across Canada. While many of these homes have since had the lead paint removed or sealed, there are still many that are covered with harmful lead paint. If you are worried about lead paint in your home, check the reference guide below to see if you are at risk and how to protect yourself if you are:

Are you affected?

Lead paint was used exclusively in Canadian homes up until 1960. After that, production of lead paint was reduced dramatically. When used, it was mostly kept to the exterior of homes. Unfortunately, it wasn't until 1992 that lead paint was completely taken out of circulation. Even if you have a home that was built after the lead paint cutoff, you may still run the risk of exposure through antique objects that were painted with lead paint.

These objects have become increasing popular in home decor use over the last decade. Lead paint has been known to be used on various different materials:

  • Home exteriors
  • Window sills
  • Exterior doors
  • Interior walls
  • Pipes & solder
  • Playground surfaces

Testing

If you are worried you have lead paint on any surface in your home, you can check it yourself or hire a professional lead removal company to test it for you. Most home improvement stores have lead testing kits you can buy over the counter. The test is as simple as using a pen-like object to rub on the area in question.

If the tip of the testing tool turns a certain color, you have lead contamination.The test is quick and fairly inexpensive. These test kits work really great on smaller objects like furniture, window sills and doors. If you are worried that the exterior or interior of your home has been painted in full or in part with led paint, hiring a professional is recommended for large testing areas and removal.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

If you or someone you love is suffering from strange symptoms, lead poisoning may already be in effect. Lead poisoning can lead to health problems:

  • Behavioral problems
  • Anemia
  • Birth defects
  • Premature birth
  • Hearing problems
  • Slowed growth
  • Hyperactivity

Death can result when lead poisoning is left undetected or untreated.

Lead Remediation

If you have lead in your home, professional remediation is ideal. Professionals have the tools and knowledge necessary to remove lead and prevent it from becoming airborne and spreading. If you have a smaller object like furniture or a windowsill, you can try your hand at removing the lead yourself by following this in-depth tutorial written by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Lead is dangerous to your health and the health of those in your home. Prevent lead poisoning from happening by testing areas in your home that may contain lead paint. Don't forget to check antique furniture items like old bed frames, dressers and anything else that was painted prior to 1992. If anything tests positive, take the necessary steps to eradicate any traces of lead.

To learn more, contact a company like Hazmat Solution Lead Removal with any questions or concerns you have about removing lead from your home.

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