Old lead-based paint is the most common source of lead exposure in America. Structures built prior to 1978, such as homes, schools and childcare facilities, contain paint with high levels of lead. Exposure to this chemical element can cause severe medical conditions in both children and adults.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires contractors to be Lead-Safe Certified. Your local provider of high-quality roof repair services, Hill Roofing Corporation, discusses reasons you should hire an EPA Lead-Safe Certified contractor.
Dangers of Lead-Based Paint
Lead can be hidden underneath layers of newer paint. You shouldn’t worry about it if the paint is in good shape. However, lead-based paint that’s peeling, chalking, cracking, damaged or damp is a hazard to your family and must be addressed immediately.
It’s most dangerous to surfaces where children can reach like windows, doors, stairs, railings, banisters and porches. Kids who are exposed to lead can experience behavioral problems. Lead exposure can also cause lower intelligence and learning disabilities.
Lead paint dust affects the development of a fetus. In adults, lead exposure can have effects on the nervous system and kidneys. It can also result in high blood pressure and fertility problems. The EPA implemented new guidelines for renovation and roofing companies to prevent these problems in your household.
The Importance of Hiring a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor
Home renovation can generate lead dust, which even in the slightest amount is enough to poison a child. Make sure to hire a Lead-Safe Certified contractor for your home improvement projects, especially if your home was built before 1987.
By hiring an EPA Lead-Safe Certified contractor, you prevent learning disabilities, behavior issues, diminished motor skills and lower intelligence in children. You can also avoid brain damage, memory loss and headaches.
Choose an EPA Lead-Safe Certified contractor like Hill Roofing Corporation, and make your home a safe place for your family. We specialize in siding, gutter, window, door and roof installation services. Call us at (703) 291-0311, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate. We work with homeowners in Manassas, VA, and surrounding areas.