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Lead Paint Abatement

We have a special team of lead abatement professionals skilled in carpentry and lead hazard reduction methods.   We have performed hundreds of lead rehabilitation projects in Lancaster, Chester, Dauphin, York, and Berks counties for building owners, city government, and health departments. We also specialize in industrial lead paint removal; we can handle everything from removal of lead dust from your exhaust ducts to media blasting lead paint from bridges.

Lead is a naturally occurring element (heavy metal) found in the earth’s crust. While lead once had some beneficial uses, its toxicity to humans and animals far out weight the benefits. Lead can be found in many parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and most importantly inside our homes. Most exposure comes from human activities including the use of fossil fuels including past use of leaded gasoline, some types of industrial facilities, and past use of lead-based paint in homes. Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics. There are several other heavy metals that are more toxic than lead and are often over looked.

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Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects that can have lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Children may also be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil, playing with toys with lead paint, or soaking in a lead glazed bathtub.

Adults may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead. They may also breath lead dust by spending time in areas where lead-based paint is deteriorating, and during renovation or repair work that disturbs painted surfaces in older homes and buildings. Working in a job or engaging in hobbies where lead is used can increase exposure as can certain folk remedies containing lead. A pregnant woman’s exposure to lead from these sources is of particular concern because it can result in exposure to her developing baby. Lead can affect almost every organ and system in the human body. Children six years old and younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead.

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Health Effects of Lead

Adults

Lead is also harmful to other adults. Adults exposed to lead can suffer from:

  • Nervous system effects;
  • Cardiovascular effects, in increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension;
  • Decreased kidney function;
  • Reproductive problems (in both men and women).

Children

In children, the main target for lead toxicity is the nervous system. Even very low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:

  • Permanent damage to the brain and nervous system, leading to behavior and learning problems, lower IQ, and hearing problems;
  • Slowed growth;
  • Anemia.

*In rare cases, ingestion of lead can cause seizures, coma and even death.

The U.S. EPA has published a consumer guidance document on lead safety. Click here to read it online now.

Keeping your home and business safe from lead paint exposure

  1. If you suspect you have lead in your home some other building, have it tested or inspected by one of our Lead Paint Risk Assessors.
  2. Keep your home clean and keep dust from accumulating.
  3. Ensure that painted surfaces are intact and not chipping or peeling.
  4. Pay particular attention if you have old windows or doors; these have friction surfaces that create lead dust every time they are open or closed.
  5. Do not allow children to chew or damage wood trim such as window sills, baseboards, or door trim. It only requires a very small amount of lead dust to impact a child.

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How we test your home for lead

We utilize a portable XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) to test all surfaces within your home. A report is then compiled which includes a drawing of your home or office building with sample locations and recommendations.

XRF is a non-destructive analytical technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials. XRF analyzers determine the chemistry of a sample by measuring the fluorescent (or secondary) x-ray emitted from a sample when it is excited by a primary x-ray source.

We own and utilize the Olympus Delta InnovX XRF Device

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