Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What You Don’t Know About Lead Paint That Could Harm Someone You Love

Did you know lead poisoning is a major health concern in the US?
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According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead can be found in many parts of our environment – like the air, soil, water, and even inside our homes. Lead and lead compounds are used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.

Lead paint is commonly found in homes built before 1978, unless it has been removed. A lead-based paint inspection can show you whether or not the leaded pain is still there. Lead exposure is especially dangerous for pregnant women and for children six years and younger.

According to the EPA, if you own an older home in Ann Arbor or in its surrounding areas, you may be at an increased risk of health problems, including:

1.      Behavior and learning problems
2.      Lower IQ and Hyperactivity
3.      Slowed growth
4.      Hearing Problems
5.      Anemia

Pregnant Women
1.      Reduced growth of the fetus
2.      Premature birth

Other Adults
1.      Cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension
2.      Decreased kidney function
3.      Reproductive problems (in both men and women)

If you own an older home, you should find a painting contractor in Ann Arbor that is lead- abatement certified to perform a no lead paint renovation. According to federal law, contractors and owners of rental properties are required to inform occupants about the risk of lead-based-paint before non-emergency repair, maintenance, and home renovation work. By doing so, they demonstrate to the owners/renters that they understand the risks and show that they take specific precautions to protect against lead-based paint hazards.

If you’re concerned about the possibility of having lead-based paint in your home, call an experienced painting contractor in Ann Arbor. Mussio Painting will make sure your house is free of lead paint, so you don’t have to worry about risking your family’s health. Call (734) 995-2646 to receive a detailed bid. We treat every home as our own! 

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