Lead paint is toxic to both children and adults, and must be taken into consideration if you plan to renovate a home in Northern Virginia built before 1978. That is the year lead-based paint was banned in the U.S., which means that homes before this year are likely to contain lead and will require lead paint testing.
First of all, let’s go over some of the facts regarding the lead-safety concern, and the necessary steps taken to remove lead in a home:
The inhalation and ingestion of lead, especially in young children, can cause serious brain damage and retardation of physical development. Adults can face nerve damage, and the decrease in attention span. As you can see, lead poisoning has the potential to completely alter your life and the life of your child. You need to protect your family by having a professional lead paint testing inspection done on your older home, especially right before a renovation. Homes built between the 1920’s and the 1960’s contain the most lead, so be prepared if yours falls into this category.
As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires all contractors hired for renovation, repair, and repainting contracts, to be certified and trained to properly deal with situations that have a high risk of lead contamination. These type of home projects disturb the foundation and other particles in a home, and if that home contains lead, the debris will be lifted into the air.
If you’re renovating a home built before 1978, the first step will be getting a lead paint inspection done by a licensed professional. If there are traces of lead, a thorough risk assessment and remediation process will take place. Home owners will be asked to make other accommodation plans while the inspection is taking place. Professionals will finish the process by completely removing, sealing, or enclosing lead paint with specially designed materials.
A professional lead paint testing company will thoroughly inspect and remove all traces of lead paint, also making sure none escaped to any where else in the home. Protect your family from lead poisoning by educating yourself on these facts, and taking certain precautions, before renovating an older home in Northern Virginia.
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Established in Northern Virginia in 2000, Envirotex Environmental Services was founded on military service. While serving his country, the company's owner Mr. Freeman gained vast knowledge and experience in the environmental services field. His expertise in air monitoring and hazardous materials testing prepared him for his post-military career.
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