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Why Should I Test for Lead?
As a property owner, you have a responsibility for your family, your tenants, or guests. Having lead in the building can result in serious health risks that can have legal or financial penalties. It is in your best interest to test for lead and remove the risk and liability.
Where Should You Test for Lead?
The most important areas to test for lead are those areas where children spend a lot of time, such as bedrooms, playrooms, kitchens, and play-yards. It is especially important to test these areas if there is bare soil or if paint is peeling or chipping. You should also test places where you plan to repaint or remodel. Test several different spots. If you are testing paint, test each different paint color. If you are testing soil, test different bare soil areas.
What To Do If I Think My Property Has Lead?
You can have your property tested for lead and you can have your family tested for lead exposure. A simple blood test can provide results to determine whether lead was ingested by the mouth or lungs and has affected the body. It is best to test.
Who is at Risk from Lead Paint?
The groups most at risk from lead-based paints are children and pregnant women. Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children. If your house was built before 1978, lead paint on your walls, doors, windows, and sills may be dangerous.
How Does Lead Paint Affect Children?
Long-term health effects can include reduced IQ, hyperactivity, reduced stature, reduced hearing, and headaches. If you have children, lead in your home can cause serious long term health and behavior problems for them. Lead is a hazard to children under 6 years of age in particular. Lead in paint, dust and soil is a problem for children because it gets in their bodies when they put their fingers, toys or paint chips or dust into their mouths. Even exposure to a tiny amount of lead can be extremely harmful to a child.
How Can Lead Paint Affect Pregnant Women?
Lead poisoning is caused by breathing or swallowing lead. Lead can pass from a mother to the unborn child. Lead exposure during pregnancy can increase risk of miscarriage, increase risk of premature or low weight birth, negatively affect baby’s brain, kidneys, and nervous system, and lead to learning disabilities or behavioral disorders later in life.
How Can Lead Be Ingested?
The primary source of exposure to children is through the dust from the lead-based paint. NYLPE makes sure your home lead safe by testing, removing and cleaning any type of lead based paint with the highest regard to lead paint laws, rules and regulations.
- Lead dust particles are often so small that you cannot see them, yet you can breathe or swallow them. These smaller, inhaled or swallowed dust particles are more easily absorbed by the body than larger particles, and can therefore more easily cause poisoning
- Lead dust may be breathed or swallowed by children.
- Through normal hand-to-mouth activities, children may swallow or inhale dust on their hands, toys, food or other objects
- Children may also ingest paint chips
Why are Children Under 6 More at Risk from Lead Exposure?
At this age a child’s brain is still developing. During this time, low levels of lead can interfere with normal brain development, resulting in permanently reduced IQ and behavioral problems. This is also the age during which hand-to-mouth activity is a child’s way of exploring, and children spend more time crawling on the floor where they can pick up dust containing lead on their hands.
How Long Does It Take To Remove Lead Paint?
The process of removal depends on the amount of affected area. This process is called “” which means resolving the lead. There are two other ways to “resolve” lead on your property, enclosure and encapsulation. It’s best to speak to an Expert about the best option for your property. Information for Landlords on Remediating Lead Paint Hazards
Does the Process of Removing Lead Paint Ruin the Building?
While lead paint can be found in many places in a building, the abatement process can be done while keeping the property in tact. The NY Lead Paint Experts are always sure to respect the home or building by removing the lead-based risks without affecting the craftsmanship or design of the space.
What is the Process of Removing Lead Paint?
After a lead paint test is performed and confirmed, the abatement process will begin. The affected area will be fully enclosed from any other part of the building the NYLPE team will remove the lead paint from the affected areas, dispose of all debris, and clean the area. Once it is tested again by a third party and confirmed to be clear of all lead, the area will be opened again and the job is finished.
Can NYC Lead Violations be Removed?
Yes. Violations can be removed once the lead has been tested and removed. We have been helping homeowners remove New York City violations for over a decade. NY Lead Paint Experts guarantees removal of all violations and we take responsibility for every job.
Where Can I Go to Find Forms and Resources about Lead Violation Removal?
Call an NY Lead Paint Expert to learn more about the process of violation removal and for more information, check the resources here: Removing HPD non Lead-Based Paint Violations Removing HPD Lead-Based Paint Violations HPD Dismissal Request HPD New York Office Locations
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