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Check For Lead Paint If You Live In Or Are Purchasing An Old Home

By January 11, 2017 No Comments

Do you live in an older house? Maybe you’re planning on moving into a new home and you’re going for a classical design? Older home designs like Victorian, Colonial, or Neoclassical are perfect family homes. However, it is important to check for a number of safety hazards when moving into such a home. One such thing to look out for in older houses is lead paint. Although you will still want to check for classic hazards like mold and termites, lead paint is hazardous for a number of reasons. Lead paint is toxic to both humans and animals and causes a number of unpleasant side effects. With that in mind, remember these key reasons to check for lead paint if you live in or are purchasing an old home.

Check For Lead Paint If You Live In Or Are Purchasing An Old Home

Affects on Children

Children are particularly susceptible to lead-based adverse effects because of their tendency to wander and explore. In addition, kids like to hold onto walls for balance and attempt to chew everything in their paths. As a result, children living in lead homes may suffer from hyperactivity, anemia, impaired growth, low IQ, and hearing impairment.

Affects on Pregnant Women

Lead paint also has adverse effects on pregnant women. Lead can slow the growth of a fetus, and cause developmental issues after birth. In addition, lead can also cause brain damage to an unborn fetus and even cause premature birth. Women who are or plan to become pregnant should take care to check that their homes are safe and free of lead-based paints and resins.

Long-Term Affects

Long-term exposure to lead causes a number of serious health affects, including physical and neurological problems. Regular exposure to lead causes serious damage to the brain, kidney, and other crucial organs. In addition, lead adversely affects blood and bone marrow, and can lead to nerve disorders and issues with fertility.

If you live in a house that was built before 1978, there is a good chance it contains lead-based paint. The Environment Protection Agency cautions that you should inspect the house for lead and, if detected, have it removed. Although lead paint is still considered safe as long as it’s in good condition and not cracking or peeling, you should still consider having it removed. For more information on lead paint, contact the EPA or call the professionals at Edina Painting for a consultation.