Rick’s Home Inspections has the experience needed to identify potential sources of lead in your home. We are familiar with the most common products that have been known to contain lead, and will share any safety concerns with you in our detailed, easy to read reports.
In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier.
Why Lead Testing?
When lead is ingested, humans are subject to lead poisoning. Over prolonged periods of time, the lead poisoning can increase and intensify. The symptoms of lead poisoning in children can include one or more of the following: Brain and/or nervous system damage, Learning disabilities, behavioral and physical problems, severe headaches and more. Adults are also susceptible for lead poisoning and some symptoms include: Nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, muscle and joint pain, concentration and memory problems, reproductive problems, and difficulties with pregnancies.
If your are buying a home and you have young children or you have remodeling plans, it would be prudent to test the home for lead. If found to be present, you may be able to negotiate with the sellers for significant dollars off the sale price of the home or have the home abated of lead.