Lead Paint Testing
Don't Risk Exposing Your Family to Lead
Until a 1978 CPSC ban on lead-containing paint, lead was an additive in house paint to help it dry faster, resist corrosion, and maintain durability.
Despite the ban over 40 years ago, lead is still present in a shockingly high percentage of Arizona homes that were built prior to 1978.
Lead paint in good condition is not dangerous; however, when it begins to degrade into flakes and dust particles it quickly becomes a hazard.
When to Perform Lead Paint Testing
Having your home tested for lead is critical in the following situations:
1.) Before beginning a remodeling or other renovation for any reason.
3.) Before disturbing a painted surface as in the case of popcorn ceiling removal or another asbestos abatement.
4.) If you rent or own a home built before 1978 or are buying or selling a home built before 1978.
5.) If you suspect you or a family member is experiencing the symptoms of lead poisoning. See a doctor immediately.
Lead paint testing is required by EPA law for homes built in 1978 or older prior to any demo or remodeling project.
Caution: Removing or disturbing lead-painted surfaces improperly can increase the risk to your family because lead dust can be spread around your home.
Our Lead Paint Testing Process
ATH Restoration is an EPA Certified Lead Renovator. We strictly adhere to lead-safe work practices and safety when working with lead.
- Provide lead paint analysis and sampling of dust and paint chips.
- Conduct X-ray fluorescence (XRF) lead-paint testing to identify the amount of lead present in painted or sealed surfaces in your home.
- Present a detailed report and discuss your options.
Serious Health Risks
Lead can impact just about every organ in the body. Children younger than six are the most susceptible, but anyone can be affected.
People can be exposed to lead by consuming water or food that contains lead, using dishes that contain lead, and inhaling dust from lead-based paint as it deteriorates or during a renovation.
Lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental childhood disease in the United States affecting approximately half a million of our children.
In rare cases, a child who has ingested lead can have seizures or fall into a coma, and the result may be fatal. Children exposed to even small amounts of lead can suffer from:
- Behavior and learning problems
- Lower IQ and Hyperactivity
- Stunted Growth
- Hearing Problems
Risks of lead exposure during pregnancy are also serious including miscarriage, low birth weight, premature delivery, and stillbirth. When lead accumulates in the body it is stored in the bones like calcium.
During pregnancy, when calcium in the mother’s bones is supposed to be released to help form the bones of the fetus, lead is released and stored in the developing fetus. Lead can also be transferred to the fetus through the placenta and through breast milk after birth.
Adults exposed to lead can experience reduced kidney function, heart problems, high blood pressure, hypertension, and reproductive problems in both men and women.
Lower Your Exposure to Lead
Simple things like keeping your home well-maintained can do a lot to prevent exposure to lead due to lead paint. Common home maintenance and improvement activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint.
- Keep painted surfaces well maintained to prevent the paint from breaking down.
- Immediately address any water damage.
- Remove visible paint chips and clean frequently around drawers, doors, and windows with a wet mop or cloth where friction can create dust.
- Items that end up in a child’s mouth should be washed often – toys, pacifiers, bottles, dishes, etc.
- Supervise young children closely to prevent them from biting or chewing on painted surfaces.
- Monitor recalls of toys and toy jewelry as reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Call ATH Restoration at 480-207-7011 to schedule comprehensive lead paint testing.Get a Free Estimate