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Lead Paint and Dust

Most people assume that lead poisoning only occurs in the Inner City. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you live in a home built before 1978 - the year lead paint was banned - chances are there are layers of lead paint on your walls and windowsills. And for a pregnant mom, newborn, or child, this can be devastating.

Even small levels of lead exposure from paint chips or lead dust caused when you open and close the windows can irreversibly affect a child’s development, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which just lowered the acceptable amount of lead in the blood. Children can easily ingest household lead because it exists in paint chips, tap water, dust, and even in your soil. Lead poisoning is shown to cause autism, ADHD, brain damage, lower IQ, and a host of other physical and mental issues.

The good news is that lead poisoning can be easily prevented by having your home tested. RTK Environmental Group provides comprehensive lead testing using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) lead-paint testing to identify the amount of lead present in painted or sealed surfaces in your home. We also provide lead dust, water, and soil sampling to determine if other sources of lead are present on your property. If we determine that you do have a lead problem, we will provide you with options for abatement to fix the issue once and for all. 

If you live in a home built pre-1978, you should have a lead test conducted.