Before 1978, paints used in houses contained lead – a toxic material which has been later found out to be a potential health hazard to anyone exposed to it. If inhaled, swallowed, or in a number of cases, absorbed through the skin, it acts as poison that causes different health problems including behavioral problems and anemia. It can affect a child’s developing brain and can pose a risk to pregnant women. On extreme cases, lead poisoning can also lead to death.
That said, handling and doing jobs in houses that were built before 1978 is a risk not just for the workers but for the homeowners themselves: even after the job is done. That’s why if you’re planning to replace your siding in Twin Cities but you live in a house that was built before 1978, see to it that you have your home tested for lead first. Learn about potential lead hazards and have them fixed immediately. You can also ask yourself these questions from the US Environmental Protection Agency:
- Was your home built before 1978?
- Do you see any chipping or peeling paint around the house?
- Do your children play in the garden frequently?
- Do you store food in imported pottery?
- Does your work involve handling lead?
If you answered YES to most of these questions, chances are lead is already present in your home and you run the risk of lead poisoning if you’re planning on a major renovation at home.
For instances like these, hire a professional that is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm like Twin Cities Siding Professionals – a company that is well-equipped with all the necessary precautions and has been well-trained to handle jobs in houses that have been painted with lead-containing paint. Just give us a call to know more about our company, the products and the services we offer.