The main benefit of lead paint removal and lead abatement is to have a home free from a serious environmental hazard. The piece of mind knowing that you are protecting your loved ones from potential harm. Another benefit of ridding your home of lead-based paint is resale value.
Lead paint is a very harmful product that can be found in homes and schools constructed prior to 1978. In 1978 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of lead-based paint in the United States. As a highly toxic metal, lead can cause a number of health issues, most notably in young children and pregnant women. As lead is absorbed into the body it can cause damage to the brain, as well as impede the brain’s development. It can cause learning disabilities, negatively impact behavior, cause seizures or death. Lead can also cause damage to the kidneys, blood, and nervous system.
When lead paint begins to deteriorate, or adherence bond fails, lead dust and flakes begin to accumulate on surfaces like floors, countertops, window sills, baseboards, furniture, and other household items. On the homes, exterior lead paint and dust can accumulate on decks, patios, and the soil around your house. Small children are prone to putting objects and their hands in their mouth frequently. This greatly increases the risk of ingesting harmful toxins.