Living in a Seattle home built before 1978 with lead paint can be toxic, especially for children. The Seattle Times states,
“The EPA estimates that nearly 9 out of 10 homes built in Seattle before 1940 have lead-based paint present, and 25% of homes built between 1960 and 1977 contain lead-based paint.” They also state that 56% of King County homes were built before the lead-based paint ban in 1978!
The risks can be consequential and cause severe damage to the body. You may face other lead-related challenges as a Seattle homeowner, such as paint flaking and cracking, which changes your home’s overall appearance. No need to worry, though, as SFW Construction can provide you with the answers to any lead paint related questions you may have and provide you with the best possible solution for your Seattle home.
The Dangers Of Lead-Based Paint
Lead paint is an issue for homeowners as lead-contaminated dust is the leading cause of lead poisoning. Surprisingly enough, millions of homes have layers of lead paint under newer paint. When inhaled or eaten, lead particles can cause severe damage to your body’s nervous system, reproductive system, and blood-forming systems. Lead poisoning can cause permanent brain and nerve damage in children, cause hearing problems, behavior difficulties, and learning disabilities. This is especially true with kids at home doing distant learning and constantly being at home.
If your home currently has lead paint and you are worried that one or more of your kids was exposed or ingested lead, you should talk to your doctor about a blood lead test. The test will give you results if your child has had exposure to lead in the last month.