Lead is an issue in many older homes that were painted with lead paint before being banned by the federal government in 1978. While it is a declining problem, lead paint and/or lead pipes or soldering is still present in some older homes. Sadly, it is the leading cause of lead poisoning in children.
Lead can be found in the following locations in and around the home:
- Paint:Many older homes have lead-based paint. The presence of lead-based paint poses a risk for children and infants.
- Soil: Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars.
- Household Dust: Dust can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint or from soil tracked into a home from the outside.
- Drinking Water: Your home might have plumbing that the drinking water flows through consisting of lead piping or lead solder.
- Other: Many older or foreign-made children’s toys may contain lead-based paint; antique items such as plates, may also contain lead.
On April 22, 2008, the EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified to work safely with lead-contaminated surfaces and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Aegis Environmental inspectors are trained, state-certified lead inspectors. Aegis currently offers the following services:
- Lead-in-paint assessments
- Soil/dust sampling
- Abatement supervision
- Clearance testing
- Water Testing
EPA Lead Page http://www.epa.gov/lead/