Older Homes and Buildings
If you live in a house built earlier than 1978, there is a high chance that the contractor used lead-based paint. The federal government banned the use of paint containing lead; as it was found to cause of lead related poisoning and disorders. Fast forward, many homes built in that era still have traces of lead paint especially under layers of new paint.
How does lead poisoning occur?
Renovating: During house renovations, toxic lead dust maybe created when painted walls and structures are brought down or disturbed. Home owners are advised not to remove lead-based paint in their houses by themselves but seek professional assistance to avoid poisoning. You may also get in touch with the local health department though a professional will give you all the information you need.
Pipes and solder: Some household plumbing materials and water lines are made using lead components. When the pipes rust or breakdown, the lead may leach and get into the water as it flows through the system and may be ingested without knowing. Contractors stopped using lead solder and pipes sometime around 1986, however, homeowners should inspect their plumbing systems and change the pipes where necessary.
Signs of Lead Poisoning
Below are some health hazards attributed to extreme levels of lead in the blood that you should look out for:
- Joint and muscle pain.
- Reproductive problems.
- Stunted growth.
- Frequent headaches and migraines.
- Difficult pregnancies.
- Memory loss.
- Learning and behavioral disorders.
- Hearing problems.
- Damage to the brain.
In Need of a Lead-based Paint Inspection in Broward?
If you are moving into a new home or just bought a new one and need it checked for lead, Florida Inspections Unlimited is just a call away. Our home inspection team is available for weekday inspections as well as weekend visits.
Our Service Areas:
We carry out lead based paint inspections in Ft Lauderdale, Sunrise, Weston, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Tamarac, Dania Beach, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Southwest Ranches, Davie, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Aventura and throughout Broward County. Call 954-861-0666 for a FREE estimate.