Lead is a natural metal that is dangerous to humans. Lead exposure causes numerous health risks and even death in extreme cases. Unfortunately, it was only in the late 1970s that the true danger of lead was revealed. Prior to banning the use of lead, this metal is used as paint component. This is the reason why if you are living in a house that hasn’t been repainted since 1978 (and prior) then it is almost certain that the paint in your house contains a significant amount of lead. Given this, you and your family are most likely at risk for lead exposure.
Fortunately, you can hire professionals to carry out lead removal or lead remediation in your home. While there are people who do lead abatement on their own, it is a very risky task especially if you have no expertise and prior experience.
Health Risk. If it happens that the lead-based paint in your house starts chipping there is a great chance that you and your family are already exposed to lead and at risk of lead poisoning. Some of the symptoms include hearing problems, headaches, pain in the muscles and joints, high blood pressure, issues with digestion, problems in reproduction/ difficulty in getting pregnant, as well as problems with memory and poor concentration.
If you or any of your family members start experiencing any of the said symptoms you should immediately seek medical help. But getting treated will be of no use if you don’t get rid of the problem. If you fail to hire experts to do your lead removal or lead abatement, you might regret it later on especially if you have children in your contaminated home. Children especially those under 24months old are easily affected by lead exposure. Apart from the earlier medical issues discussed, your children may incur problems in development. Note that lead targets the brain and the nervous system. Your children can have learning disabilities, behavioral problems, low IQ, and even stunted growth.
Solution. When dealing with a house that has lead paint, the best option would always be to hire a remediation services provider. People who work in this kind of business have the skills and knowledge to effectively conduct lead remediation. If you want to ensure that your family is protected you should not take any chances by trying to do the work yourself.
Never forget that at all times, your family’s health should always be a priority. When there are health risks such as potential lead poisoning, you should never second guess but immediately eliminate the root cause.