Sanding is a common way of removing old finishes and, according to Better Homes & Gardens magazine – 2017, will move to dark harmonizing colors. So that creamy white cabinetry might be getting a new look. Unfortunately, if a house or facility was built before 1978, there’s a good chance it has lead-based paint. Homes built before 1940 are 87% more likely to contain lead-based paint. Between 1949-1959: 69%, and between 1960-1977: 24%. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint.
And so the problem lies with the sanding. Lead-based paint is a hazard on any surface, but it becomes inhaled as a poisonous dust. The toxic dust is created when disturbing lead-based paint during renovations and simple repairs, such as sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more. Lead can damage the nervous system and cause brain disorders. Excessive lead can also cause blood disorders and is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and in the bones. While lead is poisonous to both adults and children, it’s especially dangerous to children under the age of six, including growing fetuses. Their growing bodies absorb more lead.
Having non-destructive paint inspections will identify any lead-based paint, giving peace of mind before any renovations. When renovating lead-based painted furniture or building components, it is important to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
For more information, visit our Lead Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.