The inspectors here at Armored have the experience needed to identify potential sources of lead in your home. We are familiar with the most common products that have been known to contain lead, and will share any safety concerns with you in our detailed, easy to read reports.
Lead was used in paint products up until 1978. Many medical cases have been documented which show health problems resulting from exposed or degrading lead paint in homes and buildings. During our home inspection, if peeling paint is evident, and the home was built before 1978, we will recommend lead testing to determine if lead paint is present in the home.
Many new homeowners elect to make home improvements to their new dwelling without considering the health risks associated with air borne lead particles. Peeling paint from exterior painting projects can also contaminate the ground and vegetation. Consumers that have plans to make such modifications or improvements to their home if built prior to 1978 should anticipate some level of potential exposure.
Lead was also used in main water supply lines, which carry the potable drinking water to residents through this region. Many are still found in existence during our home inspections, predominantly in the Philadelphia area. During our home or building inspections, our Armored inspectors look for lead supply lines to protect our customers from the potential of drinking tap water that could cause lead poisoning.
When lead is ingested, humans are subject to lead poisoning. Over prolonged periods of time, the lead poisoning can increase and intensify. The symptoms of lead poisoning in children can include one or more of the following: Brain and/or nervous system damage, Learning disabilities, behavioral and physical problems, severe headaches and more. Adults are also susceptible for lead poisoning and some symptoms include: Nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, muscle and joint pain, concentration and memory problems, reproductive problems, and difficulties with pregnancies.
As previously mentioned, if your home was built prior to 1978, it is safe to assume that the home contains lead. On April 22, 2010, legislation will go into effect which requires contractors to start using lead-safe work practices as defined by the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule; be certified to use those practices; and keep detailed records to verify rule compliance. To find out more about this legislation, you can visit the US EPA website and their page on Lead Safe Renovations.
If your are buying a home and you have young children or you have remodeling plans, it would be prudent to test the home for lead. If found to be present, you may be able to negotiate with the sellers for significant dollars off the sale price of the home or have the home abated of lead.
Contact our knowledgeable staff here at Armored, and we’ll be glad to answer any additional questions you may have, or coordinate your lead testing appointment.
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