The statistics are alarming. Although lead-based paint was banned in 1978 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it’s still present in more than 38 million homes in the United States. That’s a whopping 40% of our nation’s housing supply.
Breaking those statistics down further, that figure includes:
Given those figures, it’s no wonder that paint testing services in Upperville, VA are in such demand!
Lead paint is highly toxic and is a threat to people of all ages, but it’s especially dangerous for children under the age of five. There are three primary means by which lead-based paint can get ingested.
The first is by eating it. As lead-based paint ages, it has a tendency to flake and chip, especially in areas that see a lot of use (porch railings, doorways, window sills, and the like). While no adult would ever consider popping a paint chip in his or her mouth, toddlers do so frequently enough that it’s a genuine concern.
The second is by breathing it in. The older lead-based paint gets, the chalkier it becomes, generating fine dust particles that linger in your house. Every day, everyone who lives in, or visits your home breathes some of those particles in, and over time, it can have serious health impacts.
This problem gets compounded if and when you decide to perform any kind of renovation on your home, as the sanding and demolition that goes hand in hand with such work will only serve to generate even more of the toxic dust. If you live in an older home and aren’t 100% sure whether or not you have lead paint in your home, paint testing services in Upperville, VA are an absolute must before any renovation work begins. You don’t want to put yourself, your family, or anyone you hire to do work for you at risk!
Finally, if you have lead-based paint on the exterior of your home, as it flakes or creates dust as described above, it inevitably winds up in your soil. Every time you’re in your yard, you track these particles back into the house on the bottoms of your shoes, and if you have a garden and grow your own vegetables, if there’s lead paint in the soil, then it will also leach into any food you pull out of your garden.
Anyone of these individually would be an excellent reason to take advantage of our paint testing services in Upperville, VA, but taken together, if there’s any question in your mind at all, it’s an absolute must. Your family’s health is too important to take chances with.
About Envriotex Environmental Services
Established in Fairfax, VA 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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