If you are living in a property built before 1978 you may be in danger.
“Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem.” CDC.gov
Sadly, too many families in Maryland are forced to choose between a home that is affordable and one that is healthy. At Warrior Plumbing and Heating, we believe that a home should be both. As of May 2019, Warrior Plumbing and Heating is certified through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct lead-based paint renovation and repair for a healthy home at an affordable price.
What is LEAD?
According to the EPA, Lead is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust. Lead’s density and ability to absorb vibration protects against harmful radiation. Despite this benefit, Lead can be highly toxic to humans and animals. Lead can be found both inside and outside of the home as deteriorated lead-paint can mix with household dust and soil.
Why is it DANGEROUS?
The toxic nature of lead can cause a range of health problems. Young children are especially vulnerable as their growing bodies are more sensitive to lead’s damaging effects. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness, and irritability. For children, there may be no symptoms at all.
What can be DONE about it?
The EPA recommends that homeowners take the following simple steps to lower the risk of exposure to lead:
Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces to prevent paint deterioration
Address water damage quickly and completely
Keep your home clean and dust-free
Clean around painted areas where friction can generate dust, such as doors, windows, and drawers. Wipe these areas with a wet sponge or rag to remove paint chips or dust
Use only cold water to prepare food and drinks
Flush water outlets used for drinking or food preparation
Clean debris out of outlet screens or faucet aerators on a regular basis
Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often
Teach children to wipe and remove their shoes and wash hands after playing outdoors
Ensure that your family members eat well-balanced meals as children with healthy diets absorb less lead.
The EPA’s final recommendation for home-owners is to ensure that any home renovation, repairs, or painting are conducted by a lead-safe certified contractor who can follow lead-safe work practices. Warrior Plumbing and Heating is proud to be a lead-safe EPA certified contractor. It is our goal to provide Baltimore, MD family homes with the affordable services needed to keep our families safe and healthy.
Maryland’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Report