Lead Paint Assessment

 Phone number for Environmental Testing 303-886-4479

 

Lead Paint Assessment:

You Should be Concerned

One out of every 40 American children has too much lead in his or her body. The rate of lead poisoning is even higher in cities.

Lead poisoning is one of the most serious health threats for children in and around the home. Your child can be poisoned if they get lead in their bodies. Lead may cause learning and behavior problems that can affect them for their lifetime. It may damage hearing and the nervous system, including the brain. It is very important to find out if your home has lead in or around it. Young children under 6 should be tested for lead.

People may also breathe in lead dust or fumes while they work on jobs that sand, scrape, burn, brush, blast or otherwise disturb painted surfaces that contain lead paint. In adults, lead poisoning causes health and reproductive problems. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead.

 

Where Does Lead Come From?

Lead was used in paint, water pipes, gasoline, pottery, and other places. Even though this metal is not used as much anymore, it still remains in places it was used.

The paint on your walls and windowsills may have lead in it. Your drinking water may have lead in it from your water pipes or the solder that joins pipes together. Lead pipes are dull gray and scratch easily with a key or penny. Even the soil outside our home may have lead in it.

 

The likelihood of finding lead-based paint increases with the age of the home.