Lead is an extraordinary dangerous toxin that can bring about serious health conditions. It just so happens that some paint in homes contain lead. If you have little ones, deterministic whether or not lead paint is in your house could help prevent them from getting sick.
Dangers Of Lead
Little children are especially susceptible to lead poisoning, which is why ensuring your home contains zero lead is an absolute must.
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal Pain
- Learning difficulties
- High blood pressure
- Reduced mental functioning
- Muscular weakness
Existence Of Lead
House builders used to mix lead with paint. They did this to speed up the drying process and enhance the paint’s resistance to moisture. The United States government finally banned this unhealthy process in 1978. This means that homes built after 1978 do not contain lead-based paint.
This also means that older homes likely do contain lead-based paint. If you live in an older home and you have little children, you ought to therefore get your home testing for lead paint.
While it’s highly unlikely that your children will lick the wall, the thing to keep in mind about paint is it that it peels off and sheds over time. Subtract 1978 from the current year and you have at least 35 years during which the paint in your home has been shedding.
It’s therefore very likely that the lead in your home’s paint has found into way into cobwebs, dust particles and even the soil around your home. This opens up numerous ways in which a child might accidentally or inadvertently swallow chips of lead-based paint.
To make matters worse, you cannot see, smell or taste lead. It is an invisible particle that may or may not be present in your home.
Testing Of Lead
You have two options when it comes to testing your home’s paint for lead. You can do it manually using the method below (or with a kit), or you can hire a professional team to conduct a more in-depth test of your entire home. Your best bet is to start manually.
The way the manual method works is that you apply a few drops of hydrochloric acid to a painted panel of your home. You then apply some sort of iodine solution to the panel. If the tested part of the panel turns yellow, then this indicates the presence of lead.
You should ideally then have your entire home tested. If your wall paint contains lead, then it’s very likely that your entire home is chockablock with it. To get it tested, you will need professional paint inspectors.
Professional paint inspections can cost anywhere between $300 and $400 for an average-sized home. The benefit of professional testing is that everything gets tested. This includes the doorframes, the door molding, the windows, the window frames, the ceilings and even the furniture.
Removal Of Lead
If your home contains lead, you will obviously need to get it removed. This is especially true if you have children. You should get it removed regardless, but the point is that kids deserve better than to live in a home brimming with lead.
You can opt to remove it manually using methods listed on the Internet, or you can hire a professional team to perform ‘abatement’ — a process by which all toxins are removed from your home. Abatement can be expensive, but you should ideally consider all options, especially if you have kids living with you.