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WHAT IS LEAD PAINT? Lead is a highly poisonous material that is everywhere. Unfortunately, you can not see or smell it. Lead can be found in: house paint (prior to 1978), plumbing materials, dirt & soil, utensils, batteries, furniture & toys (prior to 1976 or made outside of the US), fishing sinkers, art sets for children, and more.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH LEAD PAINT?
Lead affects all organs and functions of the body to varying degrees. The list below shows many of the key lead-induced health effects:
  • Fatigue / Irritability
  • Impaired concentration
  • Hearing loss
  • Wrist / Foot Drop
  • Seizures
  • Encephalopathy
  • Miscarriages / Stillbirths
  • Reduced sperm count & motility
HOW DO I KNOW FOR SURE IF IT'S LEAD PAINT? If you are unsure that lead paint is present in your home you can try testing the material of concern with our DIY Lead Paint Test Kit. Read all instructions before you start and use caution when testing the surface as you do not want to disturb the paint more than needed.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET LEAD PAINT REMOVED? The minimum charge for professional lead paint removal is between $400-$600 with the hourly rate ranging from $300-$700 per hour. Our EnviDIY DIY Lead Paint Kits can be a great way to save money! 
HOW DO I REMOVE LEAD PAINT FROM MY HOME? Lead paint safely can be performed in several ways: stabilization, encapsulation, enclosure or complete removal of lead paint hazards. With one of our DIY Lead Paint Kits, we can provide you with everything you need to protect yourself from lead paint and remove it safely.
LEAD PAINT POISONING Lead poisoning occurs when you absorb too much lead by breathing or swallowing a substance with lead in it, such as food, dust, paint, or water. Too much lead in the body can cause irreversible problems in growth and development in children and cause serious health problems for adults. The most common source of lead poisoning is from lead-based paint and dust found in old homes or buildings.
LEAD POISONING AND CHILDREN Lead poisoning -- at levels that do not cause immediate symptoms -- can permanently damage kids' brains. Before their second birthday, children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning. They are, of course, more likely than older children to put lead-contaminated hands or toys or paint chips in their mouths. Moreover, a child's gastrointestinal tract also absorbs lead more readily than does the adult gut. Most importantly, a child's rapidly developing brain is highly vulnerable to lead toxicity. Lead poisoning is almost never a single event in which a child ingests harmful quantities of lead, gets sick, and must be rushed to the hospital. Instead, lead poisoning is an insidious, month-by-month accumulation of lead in a child's body.
LEAD POISONING AND ADULTS The toxic nature of lead is well documented. Lead affects all organs and functions of the body to varying degrees. The frequency and severity of symptoms among exposed individuals depends upon the amount of exposure. The list below shows many of the key lead-induced health effects.

Neurological Effects:
  • Fatigue / Irritability
  • Impaired concentration
  • Hearing loss
  • Wrist / Foot drop
  • Seizures
  • Encephalopathy
Reproductive Effects:
  • Miscarriages/Stillbirths
  • Reduced sperm count & motility
  • Abnormal sperm
WHERE DOES LEAD PAINT COMMONLY EXIST? Many homes built before 1978 still have lead paint on walls and woodwork, often hidden beneath newer layers of paint. Even in small amounts, lead paint can be dangerous to children's health if they ingest it. Lead is a highly poisonous material, and lead paint is not the only culprit. Before the dangers of lead were fully recognized, however, many commonly used materials like paint and gasoline were made with lead. Lead is everywhere and, unfortunately, you can't see it or smell it. Lead can be found in:
  • House paint made or used prior to 1978
  • Plumbing materials like faucets and pipes in homes
  • Dirt and soil
  • Utensils, plates, and other serving ware made from pewter
  • Some batteries
  • Paint and art sets for children
  • Items like fishing sinkers and bullets
  • Furniture and toys that were painted prior to 1976
  • Some painted toys and household items that were made in countries other than the United States
LEAD PAINT IN OLDER HOMES AND BUILDINGS If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
    Windows and window sills
  • Doors and door frames
  • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches
  • Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint
  • Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint
  • Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished
  • Pipes and solder — Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing
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