Homeowners that live in houses built before 1978 are at danger of being exposed to dangerous levels of lead whenever they take on a remodeling project. This lead exposure is thanks to lead based paint and other lead products that were used in the past to build these homes.
So what exactly is the harm of lead exposure?
How Lead Exposure Affects Adults
For adults, lead exposure affects the kidneys, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, as well as the reproductive system. Adults exposed to toxic levels of lead can experience an increase in blood pressure, hypertension, decreased function in the kidneys, problems conceiving a baby, and miscarriages.
How Lead Exposure Affects Children
Children are the most in danger when exposed to lead. Because they are still growing, lead exposure can lead to stunted growth, permanent damage to the nervous system and brain. The damage to the nervous system and brain leads to learning problems, behavioral issues, lower IQs and even hearing problems.
Children can also suffer from anemia when exposed to toxic amounts of lead.
Babies that are exposed to lead while in the womb are at risk of being born too early and not growing like they should in normal conditions.
What you can do to Lower Lead Exposure
Here is some helpful advice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of things you can do to lower your lead exposure in your older home:
- 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
- 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.
How Renewal by Andersen Can Prevent Your Lead Exposure
By having Renewal by Andersen repair or replace your old windows, you have already removed yourself out of direct harm from being exposed to lead during the process. Our window professionals are trained to work with homes that are at risk for lead exposure, so they won’t be in harm’s way either.
Renewal by Andersen is also a Lead-Safe Certified Firm through the EPA, meaning they will prevent your family from being exposed to any dangerous lead before, during and after the repair or replacement process.