Lead paint is a serious environmental hazard. If you’re looking at a home but are worried about lead paint, TLC Home Inspections, PLLC will identify it. Remember, it is important to remove lead-based paint safely and properly. So, let’s discuss some of the best practices for doing so and the risks associated with lead paint exposure.
How to Identify Lead-Based Paint
Lead paint was common up until 1978, so if this particular home was built before then, it’s a good idea to have it tested. There are a few ways to test for lead paint: You can purchase a lead testing kit at your local hardware store, or you can hire a certified lead inspector to do the job for you. Once you find that there is lead-based paint present, removing it safely is your next step.
How to Remove the Paint Safely
The best way to remove lead paint is to hire a professional lead abatement company. These companies are trained and equipped to remove the paint safely and effectively. However, if you decide to remove the lead-based paint yourself, be sure to take all of the necessary safety precautions, such as wearing a respirator and protective clothing and disposing of the paint properly. Lead paint can be dangerous if not handled properly, but by taking the necessary precautions, you can remove it safely and protect yourself and your family from lead poisoning.
The Health Risks Associated with Lead Paint Exposure
Lead poisoning from exposure can cause a variety of problems, including learning difficulties, behavioral problems, and slowed growth. In severe cases, lead poisoning can lead to coma or even death. That’s why having a new home tested before purchasing is always important, especially if the home was built prior to 1978. And remember, at the first signs of poisoning, it’s crucial you seek medical treatment.
We’ll Inspect Your New Old Home
Are you considering purchasing a new home? Maybe you’re thinking about fixing up an older home but are worried about lead-based paint still inside. In that case, call TLC Home Inspections. Our team of experts can test for and identify any risk that you need to be aware of before purchasing a home in Austin, TX. We can even test for mold and look for termites. For an appointment, schedule one today at (512) 900-2191.