What can you do if you find lead in your home? Here in this part of Florida, we don’t always think about this issue. But if your home was built before 1978, then you could have an issue. Millions of homes have lead based paint, and the older the home the more likely it is to have it. If the paint is in good condition, lead paint is usually not a problem.
There are different steps that can be taken in order to lower the effects of lead, ranging from something easy that everyone can do, to more major steps, that might require a professional.
What are some of the things we can all do?
It will seem obvious but cleaning regularly will help to reduce a child’s exposure to lead. If you see paint chips, get rid of them immediately. Wipe down all surfaces like window frames and sills, and clean floors with warm water, all purpose cleaner or even a cleaner that is meant for lead paint.
Whatever items you use for cleaning, such as mops and sponges, take care to clean them thoroughly after use.
Never wear your shoes in the house, you can prevent a lot of issues by doing this simple task.
A healthy diet rich in calcium and iron is good for helping your child to absorb less lead. Also, a very important step is to make sure your child has washed their hands before eating and especially before bed time.
Interim steps can also be taken to help reduce exposure to lead. For example, if you have found lead in the soil, plant some grass to cover it over. You could also do some repairs to any damaged, painted surfaces. Steps like these are not a permanent solution though, you will eventually need to do something about it.
When you should get a professional:
The time may come to permanently remove the lead problem, and its best to consult a professional lead removal specialist. Check first though to make sure they are a certified lead abatement specialist. They have special training in safe lead removal and clean up. If you try to do it yourself, you may encounter more problems and hazards than you bargained for. Its always good to know that there are things that can be done about lead in a home, but always put safety first.