Testing for Lead in Paint in Sacramento
Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. Children six years old and younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead.
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
In rare cases, ingestion of lead can cause seizures, coma and even death.
Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stored in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be circulated from the mother’s blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Lead in a pregnant woman’s body can result in serious effects on the pregnancy and her developing fetus, including:
- Reduced growth of the fetus and premature birth
Older Homes and Buildings
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.
- Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating leadbased paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
- It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:
- Windows and window sills
- Doors and door frames
- Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches
Asbestech offers testing for lead in paint in Sacramento of paint samples, dust samples, air samples and soil samples. The Asbestech lead paint testing in Sacramento uses the EPA approved method by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer.