This blog is to inform you about potential Lead in your home. If you are buying a older home you should be aware that older homes have lead, and that precautions need to be taken.
Lead Exposure can become a serious Health Issue
Exposure to lead is dangerous to young kids and to some degree to adults too. Although for adults it takes a higher exposure for serious complications to occur. Adults who have had mildly high lead levels often recover without problems.
Lead is much more harmful to children than adults because it can affect children's developing nerves and brains. The younger the child, the more harmful lead can be. Unborn children are the most vulnerable. In children, even mild lead poisoning can have a permanent impact on attention and IQ.
People with higher lead levels have a greater risk of long-lasting health problems. They must be followed carefully.
Their nerves and muscles can be greatly affected and may no longer function as well as they should. Other body systems may be harmed to various degrees, such as the kidneys and blood vessels. People who survive toxic lead levels may have some permanent brain damage.
Center of Disease Control has a great article you can peruse.
Lead has been banned
Lead is found in paint, and also lead is found in water pipes used for drinking. Lead has been banned in paint since 1978, and lead in water pipes were also banned by 1986.
Although Lead was last used in paint in 1978 the lead paint stock was around even after 1978 and its possible that homes constructed after may contain lead.
Lead paint is just not on your walls. Lead paint could be in an old bike. It could in a old house hold appliance like stove, stand alone gas wall heater, old furniture, or even an old stair case. Great care must be taken if you are refinishing the old items and are sanding. If you are sanding a appliance a sound advice is don't, paint over it. Or if you must sand an old painted item use masks and well ventilated area, away from kids. The small particles just spread all over.It probably is better to have professionals do the refinishing it, if it is an expensive heirloom.
There is a specific process to removing lead paint, and many web sites exist which show you how.
Lead in water pipes is also a big issue, and United States EPA web has good article on lead in drinking water and how to minimize it; http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/index.cfm
You should be aware that when a water pipe is experiencing corrosion, it will be leaking lead in the drinking water. You should replace the pipes. Farah Homes construction can provide this service to you.
Buying a Home
When purchasing an older home, be aware of the fact there will be lead in the walls. Most likely there is fresh paint on the top of the walls and that may be safe. But if you reconstruct the kitchen, bathrooms, or doing additions, be aware that demo of the areas will expose the environment to fine dust which may contain lead which you could be breathing.
Also inspecting the water pipes is important. Insure that you have copper pipes. If there is lead pipes coming in from the street to your property you should get that replaced.
Check our blog on "Home Purchase Do's & Don'ts"; it has more critical information on what to know before purchasing a a home.
Realtor, Intero Real Esate Service