Lead testing uncovers hidden sources
Lead testing by the experts at AMRC can reveal hidden sources of lead. A naturally occurring element present in small amounts in the Earth’s crust, lead can be found in all parts of our environment — the air, soil, and water. Lead, and lead compounds, have been used in a variety of household products over the years including pipes and plumbing materials, solders, and most notably paint.
Lead testing reveals hidden health hazards
While lead has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans, causing multiple physical, mental, and behavioral ailments. Children six years old and younger, including unborn babies, are the most susceptible to the hazardous effects of lead. In rare cases, ingesting lead can cause seizures, coma, and even death. Adults exposed to lead can experience increased blood pressure, hypertension, decreased kidney function, and reproductive problems.
Homes and buildings built before 1978 are likely to contain lead paint. The federal government banned consumer use of lead paint in 1978, and some states enacted legislation earlier than that to curb the use of this dangerous product, but lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. Deteriorating lead paint is a health hazard and requires immediate attention.
Lead contamination affects more than buildings
Yards can become contaminated by flaking, peeling lead paint from nearby houses. Soils can become contaminated by past use of leaded gasoline in cars. Playgrounds sporting older playground equipment painted with lead paint or surfaces made from shredded rubber or artificial turf may be contaminated with lead. Lead can enter drinking water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures, and solder.
All of these hidden health hazards can be revealed with comprehensive lead testing by the experts at AMRC.
Lead testing by AMRC
All of these hidden health hazards can be revealed with comprehensive lead testing by the experts at AMRC. If your structure or site is found to contain lead, we can provide you with a plan for remediation and conduct the clean-up for you.