- Detects Presence of Lead in Paint
- Lead Poisioning can Cause Stunted Growth, Damage to Nervous System, Learning Disorder and More
- Highly Recommended for Households with Children, Pregnant/Nursing Women, Elderly People
- Ideal for Older Buildings or Homes
- Results Within 5 Business Days After after Sample is Received
- No Additional Lab Fee (EPA Testing Method)
If you are renovating, repairing or painting a home, school or childcare facility that was built prior to 1978, or if you are living in a home built prior to 1978, you should have the current paint tested for lead. As lead paint deteriorates, it peels and is pulverized into dust and then enters the body through hand-to-mouth contact or through contaminated food or liquid.
Similarly, lead can even poison you indirectly through food. Lead can be ingested through fruits and vegetables contaminated by high levels of lead in the soils they were grown in. Soil is contaminated through particulate accumulation from lead in pipes, lead paint and residual emissions from leaded gasoline.
Regardless of whether it is inhaled or swallowed, though, lead is highly poisonous. Lead poisoning can cause damage to the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the immune system, as well as cause stunted growth, delayed development, learning disorders; it can also cause liver and kidney failure and ultimately death.
How is lead used in manufacturing?
Paint: Lead is often found on paint that’s used in the manufacturing of toys. It is still widely used in many countries and therefore, found on toys that are imported. Even some of the older toys made in the USA before the ban contain lead.
Plastic: Use of lead in plastic objects hasn’t been banned. It’s used to soften the plastic and make it more flexible in order to return it to its original shape. It’s also used in many plastic toys for stabilizing the molecules from the heat. When plastic is subjected to sunlight, air or detergents, the chemical bond between lead and plastic breaks down, forming dust.
- Why is testing recommended for houses built before 1978?
In 1978 a limit was placed on the amount of lead in paint sold for residential use, following federal regulations. It is because of this, that paint containing lead is found in most homes built before 1978. Chances of encountering lead-based paint are dangerously high in older homes.
How can renovating an older home lead to lead poisoning?
If proper precautions are not taken, remodeling or renovating an older home can generate a very large amount of lead dust. Even small jobs done during routine maintenance like painting, dusting can generate lead dust.
- Why is Lead used in paints? Which paint color has lead?
Lead is highly used in paints for speeding up its drying, & for giving them desired colors. A wide range of colors hcontan lead, for instance, Yellow contains Lead(II) chromate i.e. PbCrO4, White color contains lead (II) carbonate, PbCO3.
- Is lead paint still the most important source of lead exposure for children?
Generally, the largest risk of lead exposure for children comes from lead paint in older homes. However, the risk from lead and other hazardous chemicals in toys is real. In particular, metal jewelry with high levels of lead or cadmium, if swallowed by a child, can be very hazardous. The contribution of toys to the overall level of hazardous chemicals in children is not known, and will vary depending on the child's behavior and the products to which they are exposed.