Despite the ban of lead paint occurring in 1978, this hazardous material still exists in homes several decades later. What’s even more devastating about the toxic substance is that it’s oftentimes indistinguishable from normal paint. Now that we’re well aware of the health risks of lead paint, it’s justifiable to want to remove all traces of it in your house. To discover if you have lead paint in your home, though, it’s best to start at some of the common areas in your home that could be hiding lead.
Lead Hidden Beneath New Paint
Though a coat of fresh paint can make something look brand new, there’s an unfortunate history that can be hidden underneath. In older homes, lead paint can be concealed by layers of new paint. While it may not present an issue if the top layer is well preserved, it can be a health hazard if the paint is located in a high-traffic area which is prone to chipping or peeling. Furthermore, the underlying lead paint can be disturbed during renovations or demolition, leading to harmful airborne particles. It’s important to get a lead inspection when purchasing or selling a home.
Antiques and Vintage Furniture
Relics of the past can add history to your décor but lying atop the cozy aesthetic can be a layer of toxic lead. In the past, not only did paint used on wooden toys and furniture contain lead, but so too did the varnish. To protect yourself from the poisonous lead on these items, there are encapsulants available to seal in the paint. However, if the surface is in bad shape, you will have to employ careful precautions to refurbish the antique safely.
Particulates in Soil and Dust Around the House
Once disturbed, lead particles will disperse from the paint, threatening the air quality and causing health risks, especially in children. Since lead paint was used in both the interior and exterior of homes, the particles can settle in the dust indoors or mix with the soil outside. When doing chores such as vacuuming or tending to the garden, you can stir up the lead particles, making them easier to be inhaled.
Now that you’re aware of the common areas in your home that could be hiding lead, what do you do from here? Lead paint is a hazardous material, so it’s essential you hire an experienced abatement team. That’s where we come in. At Fiber Control, Inc., we’re RPP-certified and have extensive experience removing and remediating lead using a variety of safe techniques – including sandblasting. For help with any of your hazardous material needs, don’t hesitate to contact us today.