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For many years, lead was used in the making of a variety of items, from paint and art supplies to faucets and pipes. Though many had their fears about the medical consequences of lead, it wasn’t until the 1970s that it became well known as an incredibly harmful substance, especially to children. Since then, people have been doing their best to remove lead from their homes and anywhere else people may come into contact with it. If you believe lead may be present in your home, call the professionals at Clean Air Service. Our team is able to complete lead removal in Calgary and Lethbridge in order to keep your family safe.
Sources of Lead Exposure
People can come into contact with lead through a variety of household and workplace items. When inhaled or ingested, the lead can cause serious health issues. The main sources of exposure include:
Children are especially vulnerable to lead exposure as they are often less careful than adults because of their natural curiosity and hand-to-mouth tendencies when playing. This normal child behavior could make it very easy for lead to enter a child’s body from lead dust or paint chips present in their home.
Health Problems Caused by Lead
Lead can be toxic to the human body when breathed in, swallowed, or absorbed. Once inside the body, the lead is then stored in the bones, blood and tissues where it will act as a source of continual exposure. If exposed to very high levels of lead over a short period of time, lead poisoning can occur, leading to the following symptoms:
How to Know if Your Home Contains Lead
The first indicator that your home may contain lead is its age. Lead additives in paint were not banned until 1978, so homes with paint manufactured before that time may contain lead. Paint made between 1960 and 1978 will likely have a low level of lead, while paints made before 1960 can have a high level of lead. If your home falls within that age range, and you are concerned the paint in your home may contain lead, you can test it using a DIY lead test kit. If you discover lead in your home, leave the removal process to a professional and call us today.
Our Lead Removal Process in Calgary
The team at Clean Air Services is here to help you protect your family and loved ones. Our lead removal process in Calgary will ensure the lead is removed from your home safely and effectively, so that you don’t have to worry anymore. Improper removal of lead can release the toxin into the air forming hazardous dust, so you want to be sure this task is done by a professional. We use high-quality, specialty equipment, including respirators, vacuum filters, wet-sanders and protective clothing to thoroughly clean your home. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your testing.