Lead Testing

Types Of Lead Testing

Lead can be tested using non-intrusive machines, paint chip samples, dust wipes, and water sampling. Lead testing can only be accurately done by a Certified Lead Testing Professional. At Teton we use a high powered, Viken Pb200i XRF,  which is the top of the line lead paint analyzer in the lead testing industry. ​

 

Why Is Lead Testing Important?

Lead can affect almost every organ and system in the body and can cause abdominal pain, neurologic changes, and irritability. At very high levels, it can be fatal. Children under the age of 6 are at the highest risk levels since they are more exposed to lead dust on the ground, toys, or any surface they can reach. A lead inspection can easily tell you if you and your family are exposed to lead from lead based paint. 

 

Where Is Lead Found?

If your home or office was built before 1978 there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the leading causes of lead poisoning.

Lead paint is still found in many homes – usually hidden under layers of new paint. Deteriorating paint is a hazard and needs to be tested immediately. Lead can be found in your drinking water and household plumbing materials may also contain lead. Lead can leach or enter the water as water flows through the plumbing. Lead can even be found in one of your hobbies, such as making stained glass, or glazed pottery.

 

Who Is Most At Risk?

Children

  • Growing bodies absorb more
  • Developing brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects
  • Putting their hands and object in their mouth increasing exposure levels
  • Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead
  • Playing on floors and window sills containing a higher level of lead dust

Adults & Pregnant Women

  • Lead exposure to pregnant women can result in exposure to the developing baby
  • Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead
  • Breathing lead dust during renovation or repair work
  • Working in a job or hobby where lead is prevalent

Possible Lead Source:

  • Paint
  • Pipes
  • Toys
  • Gasoline
  • Batteries
  • Cosmetics
  • Ammunition
  • Cement
  • Solder
  • Furniture

 

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