Lead poisoning is one of those unseen dangers that can create a serious and sometimes even fatal occurrence. While current regulations have reduced the amount of exposure, it should be noted that lead is a highly toxic metal and is a very powerful poison. Over a period of a few months of exposure, symptoms of poisoning can surface.

Homes in Philadelphia that were constructed prior to 1978 could have lead based paint on the walls and woodwork. Because of this, Federal Law requires contractors who are remodeling and renovating these older homes in Philadelphia and throughout the United States to adhere to very precise work practices. These practices, designed to prevent lead contamination, include:

  • Confining the work area

  • Minimizing dust from spreading outside of immediate work area

  • Thorough and careful cleanup

  • Verification process

These practices must be followed in any facility built before 1978, including childcare facilities, schools, and homes that have tested positive for lead. Lead can be found in lead based paints, art supplies, toys, and contaminated dust. Lead is not visible, cannot be smelled, and has no taste. This poison can be ingested, or dust that is contaminated with lead can be breathed in.

Repeated lead exposure can cause:

  • High blood pressure

  • Numbing or tingling of arms and legs

  • Memory loss

  • Abdominal cramps and pain

  • Fatigue and sleep problems

  • Poor developmental skills in children

  • Mental impairment and behavior problems with children whose brain is still in developmental stages.

Window Nation, a Certified Firm as required by the EPA, employs renovators that are skilled in the removal of any lead based contaminates. Philadelphia residents are encouraged to contact the experts here at Window Nation to be assured that you will be protected from the harmful effects of lead during your renovation. Our professionals will follow all of the EPA procedures for proper care and containment on the job site and all cleanup procedures after repairs are completed.

A common remodeling project that can include possible lead exposure is in replacement window installation. Each team of workers is under the supervision of a factory trained Installation Masters Certified Installer. We don’t just replace your windows; we make sure the entire process is a stress-free experience.

At Window Nation, our professionals are not just typical handymen. Our technicians are EPA Lead Safe Renovators and certified by numerous window agencies. We take the process of lead testing very seriously. You can be assured that at Window Nation, we place the health and safety of our Philadelphia customers as a top priority

If you live in the Northeast and your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance you have lead in the paint of your house. Before the 1978 ban on the use of lead paints, lead was used to speed drying, increase durability, maintain a fresh appearance and resist moisture. For a homeowner looking for the best bang for their buck, a paint with lead in it was the smart choice. But was it? The warning signs have been around for centuries and not heeding them has left many homes in the Northeast with a ticking time bomb hidden under wallpaper and new paints.

Warning Signs

The use of lead in paint has been around for a very long time. Lead white can be dated back to the 4th century BC through the pen of ancient Greek author Theophrastus. Medieval texts speak of workmen having apoplexy, paralysis and epilepsy from working with lead white, but that didn’t stop artists before the 19th century from using it to make their paints denser and able to cover a large surface with a small amount. In the beginning of the 20th century Sherwin-Williams reported in their monthly publication that a French expert had deemed lead paint “poisonous in a large degree, both for the workmen and for the inhabitants of a house painted with lead colors.” But it wasn’t until 1978 that U.S. officials placed a ban on paints with lead in them.

The Dangers

In April 2010 the Federal government passed a law requiring that any contractor performing renovations, repairs or painting where lead-based paints are disturbed, must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. These drastic measures has come about because of the many health issues families have reported after renovations, where dust particles from disturbed paint has rested on rugs, furniture, and other interior items, resulting in health problems for families. It can cause permanent damage to children, like nervous system, kidney and brain damage, as well as reduced intelligence and learning disabilities. It is also a danger for fetuses in pregnant women.

If your home was built before 1978 and you’re considering home improvements, contact Window Nation. We offer lead testing services. If lead is found, we employ renovators that are skilled in the removal of these contaminants and that follow the procedures required by the EPA.

Protect your family from lead poisoning. Don’t risk permanent health problems. Stay informed. Stay safe.