With the recent controversy in Flint, Michigan, the issue of lead contamination has come to the fore in a big way. Americans are now testing their children for lead poisoning and submitting enquiries to local governments in an effort to assess tap water metal levels. Unfortunately, most are paying little attention to another household feature that sometimes contains toxic lead deposits: paint.
According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, most homes constructed before 1978 have lead-based paint. This paint, if ingested or inhaled, can cause kidney and reproductive problems in adults and cognitive issues in children. Lead also impacts pregnant women and can cause birth defects or premature births.
Homeowners whose houses have lead paint must organize a test immediately and consider making renovations to correct the issue. Alban Inspections employs lead surveyors certified in Washington D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania. So, if you think your home might have lead-based paint, don’t hesitate to reach out.