Lead Testing in Los Angeles
Reliable Lead Testing in the San Fernando Valley & Beyond
At LimeGreen Water Damage & Restoration, we believe in promoting the kind of knowledge and learning that helps our clients prevent future disasters. We know that not every emergency can be prevented, but we can put systems into place that help our clients avoid future fires, pipe eruptions, and/or mold infestations. We know how seriously these events can ravage their homes and businesses. Lead testing is just another way we provide our clients with knowledge and information, so they can make important decisions to keep their homes, offices, and families safe from harm.
We offer mold remediation, blackwater mitigation, and removal services. Each of these services requires a professional level of precision and scientific experience that can't just be found anywhere in the industry. We are certified, trained, and licensed to help our clients in the collection and disposal of exactly these types of contaminants. Lead testing is a vital step in the restoration process for many home and business owners. This important test helps determine if lead could be in any of the paints or dust particles that would be moved during the repair process.
At LimeGreen Water Damage & Restoration, we know that the safety of those inhabiting your home or business is important to you. Why would you trust this important testing to just anyone? We are an EPA-certified, lead-safe business with over two decades of experience working in the restoration industry. We know how to safely remove contaminated materials from your structure.
What Is Lead, and Why Is it Dangerous?
Lead is a dangerous, poisonous metal that was unfortunately used in many homes and businesses across the United States for many years. Lead was used in plumbing materials, vehicles, and paints before it was banned. The EPA now requires testing before disrupting surfaces that could contain this hazardous material. There is an increased risk of contracting many serious illnesses from exposure to lead in the air, water, or soil.
Lead exposure poses the most significant risk to children under the age of six. They can be exposed at home, school, or at a daycare facility. Young children can even be exposed to lead poisoning from their mothers before birth. It's important that if you have started a renovation or restoration project before submitting to lead testing that you stop immediately. Call in the professionals at LimeGreen Water Damage & Restoration. Our team can help ensure that you aren't posing a risk to those around you.
Children who are exposed to continued high levels of lead can suffer from:
- Brain and nervous system damage
- Stunted growth
- Learning difficulties
- Behavior problems
Sadly, lead poising poses a serious threat to children in the United States; however, that is not to suggest that children are the only population at risk. Adults can also be harmed by lead poisoning.
Adults are at risk for:
- Nervous system disorders
- Joint and muscle issues
- Diminished reproductive capabilities
- Memory problems
Why You Need Lead Testing During the Restoration Process
For many years, lead was used as an additive to interior paint to help it dry faster, last longer, and withstand corrosion. The scientific community later discovered that lead-based paints posed significant dangers to families and businesses. In 1978, the CSC banned lead paints, but many older homes and businesses still have these paints on the walls. While lead paint that has not been compromised from wear and tear is not hazardous, any paint that has started to chip and break down can pollute the air and harm those who breathe it. If your home or business is older, you may need to consider lead testing even if you aren't renovating.
It's critical that your home or business is tested for lead if any of the following apply:
- You are about to begin renovations or remodeling of your home or office.
- You have suffered an emergency incident that requires professional cleanup of water, mold, sewage, or fire damaged debris.
- Your home is being tested for other older substances like asbestos or plaster from popcorn ceilings.
- Your home or office was built before 1978.
- You or anyone in the dwelling is feeling unwell, and the symptoms align with lead poisoning.
The EPA requires lead testing for any home built before 1978 because disturbing lead-based paints and releasing those particles into the air could put those using the property at risk for many serious health issues. Lead dust is a very harmful toxic material that has long-lasting negative health effects.
We Provide Safe and Easy Lead Testing Throughout the LA Area
At LimeGreen Water Damage & Restoration, we provide clients with access to all the services and tools they need to get back into their homes and business as soon as possible after discovering lead in the building. Our team of trained, licensed, and certified specialists makes it easy for you during every step of the hazardous material restoration process. If you haven't suffered an emergency, but you need lead testing because you're planning a renovation or remodel, we can still help you.
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