Lead paint shouldn’t be of concern, as it is not used anymore in paint. However, lead paint is still a problem that we are seeing throughout the United States. Both commercial and residential properties contain lead paint. While lead paint is not of major concern to a healthy adult, it can be concerning for others. Most commercial properties do not need to worry about lead paint unless they have young children, pregnant women, or older adults who stay in the buildings. Residential properties are more of a concern.
Lead Paint In Homes
Lead paint was used into the 80s, and even though it was banned, older paint was still used in properties. It is possible that your home does contain lead paint. Even after major remodels, homes test positive for lead in the paint. The reason is that paint is usually never removed. A fresh coat of paint is placed on top of the older paint, leaving the harmful lead paint in the home.
Lead paint is not a concern unless you have children on the property. While the elderly and pregnant women are also at risk, children more commonly fall victim to lead poisoning. Children tend to explore with their hands and mouth. Young children may chew on window seals or peel paint from surfaces. When they do this, there is a genuine concern that they will come into contact with lead paint.
Lead poisoning is a serious problem and can cause seizures, comas, behavioral problems, cognitive issues, and other severe illnesses. The best way to prevent lead poisoning is by having the home tested for lead paint. If lead paint is on the property, a hazardous materials removal company will safely remove all lead paint from the property. This will ensure that your family is safe from the harmful effects of lead poisoning.