Lead Testing in Older New York City Buildings
Over the last 210 years, New York City has seen a great deal of renovation, remodeling, and expansion over the years. For the majority of this time, the construction industry was not regulated, and lead was used in vast quantities of paint and other coatings. As this material degrades or is disturbed, the dust becomes airborne and becomes part of normal dust allowing poisoning, especially in young children, to occur. This exposure is the reason for getting lead testing for your home or business.
Exposure to lead represents a significant health hazard for people across America, particularly for younger populations. According to the CDC there are over 4 million families across the country with children who are being exposed to dangerous amounts of lead each day. This exposure can lead to serious health problems as a child’s body is much more susceptible to absorbing and retaining lead, and therefore to lead poisoning. The condition causes Elevated Blood Lead Levels and it is a significant issue in New York City.
Protect Children from Elevated Blood Lead Levels
Over the past several years the city has spent a great deal of time and money to address the issue within all boroughs. From 2005 to 2012 the number of new cases of elevated blood lead levels in children under the age of 18 has decreased almost 70%. This is great news, but it should not fool you into a false sense of security. Many people believe they are safe from exposure to lead because they live in a relatively new building, or one that has been renovated recently. The truth is that no matter where you live, it is possible that the soil around your home or in the park you visit is contaminated, and you are unwittingly exposing your children to potential harm. Testing your home and having the authorities test nearby soil for lead will protect you and ensure that your kids are likely safe from harm.
Lead testing requires a professional to inspect the premises: performing non-destructive XRF paint tests, and taking samples from the dust, soil, and water. After the tests have been performed the inspector will talk you through the steps you need to take to neutralize the threat so that you can live without worrying about the constant threat of exposure to you and your loved ones. Do not wait until it is too late for you or your child: get your home inspected today to help make sure it is safe.
If you suspect your building might be at risk for lead contamination, call RTK Environmental Group at 1-800-392-6468 to have your home or commercial property lead tested by our experienced specialists.