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For many years, lead was everywhere—gasoline, paint, pipes, cosmetics—you name it. The Romans used lead for their water pipes, and some experts believe one of the reasons the Roman Empire fell was mass lead poisoning. Lead is an element and is listed on the periodic chart with the symbol Pb. It is a very useful metal, as it is stable, melts at a low temperature and is easy to work with. However, it‘s toxic to humans, and if you find any in your home or business you will need the help of a biohazard restoration service company in Fort McMurray.
When people are exposed to lead, it’s usually in very low doses over long periods of time. Children are at the most significant risk of lead poisoning because lead builds up in your bones and soft tissues over time. Lead can delay physical and mental development. Because lead doesn’t naturally leave your body once it enters, adults exposed to lead can suffer kidney failure, nervous system damage, strokes, or cancer. Lead is a neurotoxin that can impair brain function and cause behavioural problems. These dire effects typically unfold slowly over time, and lead poisoning is often the last thing suspected.
Almost every home built before 1980 used lead solder to join copper pipes. As these pipes get older, they can leach lead into your drinking water. Homes in Canada constructed between 1960 and 1990 also often used lead paint. That’s why it’s important to be careful around peeling paint or dust chips in an older home.
If you live in an older home, it’s essential to detect whether lead is present on painted surfaces or around pipes. If you’re considering buying or leasing an older home, you should have these tests done before you sign on the dotted line. If you’re already in the house, consider testing for lead contamination before any renovations. If you don’t want to send samples to a lab, there are home tests you can buy. A trained and licensed risk assessor can inspect your home and determine what steps you need to take to be safe.
Contacting a restoration company for biohazard cleanup in Fort McMurray is a vital step in mitigating damage from lead contamination. A Fort McMurray restoration company has the expertise, training and experience to make sure your home is safe and that all cleanup services are completed in a timely and thorough manner.
For more information, read about the other hazardous materials that can be found in your home.
Proserve DKI provides Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray with biohazard cleanup, including lead and asbestos cleanup and mould restoration, using specialized equipment and techniques to ensure your home is hazard-free. Contact us at 1-780-791-3663 for more information.