Lead paint should no longer be an issue in the 21st century, but we are still finding it in homes throughout the United States. Lead paint is not an issue for many people, as they do not have children or the elderly living with them. If you are pregnant, have children or the elderly in your home, it is vital that you have a lead paint test completed on your property. Healthy adults are not really affected by lead paint unless they are working with it. However, children love to explore with their mouths and hands, making them very susceptible to lead poisoning.

How is Lead Paint Still Being Used?

Paint lasts for decades, and lead paint was not banned that many decades ago. Lead paint is still being used by some construction companies, most likely without their knowledge. Many companies buy paint and other building materials in bulk, meaning they have it to use for an exceedingly long time. We have tested newer homes and have found lead in the paint. Older homes are more likely to have lead paint, even if they have been remodeled. No one removes the original layer of paint before adding more. Painters usually just paint over the original and move on. So even though your home has been remodeled, there is still a high chance that it has lead paint.

Lead poisoning can cause many dangerous symptoms and illnesses in young children, including:
• Seizures
• Comas
• Irritability
• Cognitive Issues
• Behavioral Problems

Above are just a few of the many symptoms caused by lead paint. If you have children or the elderly in your home, it is a good idea to have the home tested. Lead paint testing is a quick test, but one that could save your children from illnesses. If your property has lead paint, it will need to be removed by a professional such as Colorado Hazardous Environmental.