Why Lead Abatement and Removal? The Dangers of Lead-Based Paint

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

If your business owns or rents an old property, chances are it has a rich history and unique character. However, this also means it could contain harmful traces of lead-based paint. Any structure built before 1978 has the potential to be lead-based. Both interior and exterior painting work is subject to investigation.

Exposure to lead can occur through air, drinking water, food, soil, deteriorating paint and lead dust. Most people experience side effects from touching objects covered in lead dust and then putting hands in mouth, working or playing in soil with lead dust and breathing in lead dust. In the United States alone, one in eleven children have dangerous levels of lead in bloodstream, even those that appear healthy.

Effects in Children (especially under age six):

  • Brain damage
  • Nervous system damage
  • Behavior and learning problems
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches

Effects in Adults:

  • Difficulties during pregnancy
  • Reproductive problems in both men and women
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive issues
  • Nerve disorders
  • Concentration problems
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Memory loss
  • Extraordinarily high levels can cause convulsions, coma, even death


It’s important to remember that lead paint in good condition is not hazardous and only becomes harmful during deterioration. If you are concerned that your business may be at risk for lead-based paint contamination, this post lays out all the options for testing and removal.

To remove lead completely, contact a lead abatement specialist. Cor-Ray is a painting company that is quite experienced with lead abatement and lead removal in Southern California, such as the Angels Gate Lighthouse lead containment project at the mouth of the Los Angeles Harbor. For more information about their lead abatement services, you can look here or call (562) 906-9770.

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