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Lead Paint: Dangers Untold and Abatements Unnumbered

Lead paint was once thought to be quite safe. Cars, toys, walls--you name it--were painted with lead paint. In 1979, it became very clear that lead paint did really awful things to the developing bodies of infants and children, and it certainly was not good for adults either.  If you have been informed of possible lead paint in your home, you may need all of the following information (and then some) on lead paint and lead paint abatement.

Health Problems Lead Paint Causes Adults

Lead paint can cause cancer, kill brain cells and even create lung problems and diseases where there were none before. Many of these health problems are very serious, and while some are treatable (e.g., cancer), others are not (e.g., death of brain cells). Additionally, if you are going through treatment related to a cancer caused by lead paint, but yet you continue to live in the house or apartment where the lead paint exists, you may as well let the cancer take you. Even if you recover from the cancer, you are still in the same spot where you could develop cancer again and again because of the lead paint exposure.

Health Problems in Children

The health problems lead causes in children are even worse. The lead can retard growth and development, cause blindness and/or long-term cognitive and physical disabilities. All of the health problems that adults experience could also become issues for children since their livers are immature and not able to filter out some of the lead that enters their little bodies. It only takes a few lead paint chips or a toy painted with lead paint that the child places in his/her mouth before the effects of lead poisoning begin.

Lead Paint Abatement

Lead paint abatement services include testing every area of your home and suspected toys for lead. The toys that have lead paint should be disposed of according to EPA regulations. Lead paint in your walls and ceiling are dealt with by removing all the paint and wallpaper layers from your home, vacuuming up all of the chips and paint dust, and thorougly scrubbing and neutralizing wall, ceiling, and floor surfaces before reinstalling drywall, plaster, and paint. If the previous owners did not do a lead paint abatement before selling you the house, they may have just repainted over the painted surfaces with new, lead-free paint. This is acceptable only if they used at least two coats and made sure all wall and ceiling areas were thoroughly coated and covered. Talk to a company like Colfax Corporation for more information about lead paint abatement.


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