Lead Paint Removal
Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and can also affect adults. In children, lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functioning. It can retard mental and physical development and reduce attention span. It can also retard fetal development even at extremely low levels of lead. In adults, it can cause irritability, poor muscle coordination, and nerve damage to the sense organs and nerves controlling the body. Lead poisoning may also cause problems with reproduction (such as a decreased sperm count). It may also increase blood pressure. Thus, young children, fetuses, infants, and adults with high blood pressure are the most vulnerable to the effects of lead.
Lead based paint can dealt with in any number of ways, including dry-ice blasting, soda blasting, hand scraping, or high pressure water. However, there are a number of regulations that should be adhered to in order to assure compliance with state and local laws. Using a firm with experience, adequately trained technicians and the proper equipment is critical to ensure the safety of people around the project and reduce the potential for fines or lawsuits.