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Why A Lead Risk Assessment Is A Good Idea

Are you constantly putting off your home renovations? Your apprehension is well-founded. Working with paint, among other activities such as drinking tap water straight from the faucet, can lead to irreversible lead poisoning. 

That’s why a lead risk assessment is a good idea. This procedure surveys your entire home so that you’ll know where lead is located and how much of it there is. Then, you can hire a professional lead abatement contractor to eliminate the harmful substance for good. 

While proofing your home from lead may sound like a hassle, the peace of mind knowing that your family will never be exposed to it is priceless. 

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What Is Lead Poisoning And What Can I Do About It? 

Lead is a seriously toxic metal commonly found in faucets, plumbing, pipes, and paint. If you’re accustomed to drinking tap water or like to work with paint, you could be susceptible to lead poisoning. 

Consequences of lead poisoning include seizures, muscle weakness, coma, and even death. Children are especially vulnerable to this substance, as it can stunt their cognitive development. 

The worst part about lead poisoning is that you can’t detect it until it’s too late. You can’t see, taste, or smell it. 

So if you’re a tap water drinker or enjoy doing home renovations, you should have your plumbing and paint checked for lead by a professional inspection and removal service.

Calgary’s 24/7 Restoration offers lead inspection, lead risk assessment, and lead decontamination services. See how our experts can safely detect, remove, and dispose of this dangerous substance from your home by calling  1-403-247-4365 or filling out the online contact form.


What Is The Difference Between A Lead Risk Assessment And A Lead Inspection? 

While often used interchangeably, a lead risk assessment is different from a lead inspection:

  • Lead inspection: This procedure determines whether there is lead in your domicile. A lead inspection is a great precaution to take if you’re about to purchase a new home. 
  • Lead risk assessment: This procedure determines the severity and the location of lead in your domicile. The implication is that your home already contains lead. Lead risk assessments are helpful for coming up with solutions for lead abatement or decontamination. 

When Should I Do A Lead Risk Assessment?

If a lead inspection found traces of lead in your home, then a lead risk assessment is ideal for quantifying the harm the substance to you and your family. However, not all homeowners have had the chance to request a lead inspection. 

If any of the following applies to you or your home, immediately request a lead risk assessment:

  • You or your child has been diagnosed with lead poisoning
  • You live in a home built before 1978
  • You are about to remodel your home and could potentially disturb material containing lead, such as plumbing and painting 

Lead risk assessment is important because it allows lead abatement contractors to formulate a plan of attack to permanently get rid of this hazard in your home. 

What Is Lead Abatement? 

Lead cleanup involves permanently removing lead in the home environment. Abatement requires special tools that the average construction contractor does not have. Given the complexity and the danger of this task, lead abatement should be reserved for professionals who have completed a Lead Abatement Certification training. 


Protect Your Home From Toxic Lead Buildup 

Lead poisoning is a serious health hazard that can affect you when you least expect it. Invisible, insipid, and odourless, lead is rarely detected before you or one of your family members are already afflicted with symptoms. 

Because the danger of lead poisoning cannot be understated, preemptively requesting a lead risk assessment is a smart practice. A lead risk assessment can tell you the exact severity and location of lead contamination in your home. With this information, certified lead inspectors can devise a strategy for lead abatement contractors to permanently remove this toxic metal. 

Our certified lead inspectors and lead abatement specialists at 24/7 Restoration are well-suited for performing both lead risk assessments and lead abatements. Call 1-403-247-4365 or fill out the online contact form to learn how we can protect your home. 
 

FAQs

Q: Is there any safe level of lead for my child?

A: No. No lead level is considered safe for a child. Even low levels of lead in blood can significantly impair a child’s mental development. .    

Q: How do I know if my child has been exposed to lead?

A: Children exposed to lead often don’t show any symptoms until it’s too late. A blood test is necessary to detect lead in their system. 

Q: Is there a cure for lead poisoning?

A: There is no cure. That’s why preventing exposure to lead is so important.

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