Lead

Lead was a primary component of paints produced before 1978. Long term exposure can cause serious health and behavior problems, especially in children. If you believe lead may be present in paint or soil around your house, give us a call.

Branch Environmental is trained and licensed to remove and dispose of lead materials. Our extensive experience and ongoing training ensures that your project is in complete compliance with all laws, rules, regulations, and recommended protocols. Branch Environmental has inspectors, abatement supervisors, and management planners on staff to respond to your needs or to answer any questions regarding the lead issue that you face.

You should consider inspecting for lead if:

  • There are children or pregnant women in your home.
  • Your home was built before 1978. Homes build before 1950 have an elevated risk.
  • Your home is near a freeway where leaded fuel exhaust may have contaminated your soil.
  • Your home has chipping paint.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Lead

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing of health effects.

How Can Lead Affect My Health?

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.

Children

Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:

  • Behavior and learning problems
  • Lower IQ and Hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing Problems
  • Anemia

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

Pregnant Women

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 and 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 cross the placental barrier exposing the fetus the lead.  This can result in serious effects to the mother and her developing fetus, including:

  • Reduced growth of the fetus
  • Premature birth

How Can I Lower My Chances of Exposure.

Lower Your Chances of Exposure to Lead

Simple steps like keeping your home clean and well-maintained will go a long way in preventing lead exposure. You can lower the chances of exposure to lead in your home, both now and in the future, by taking these steps:

  • 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. Children with healthy diets absorb less lead.

What Should Be Done About Lead In The Home?

If you believe you have Lead in your home, don’t panic. Leave the materials you believe are contaminated alone. If you believe there is any risk of Lead exposure, call Branch Environmental and let us handle the inspection and, if necessary, disposal.

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