We love old houses. They are hardly perfect, but they just have a nostalgic charm that is difficult to recreate.Maybe the worn-out windows have convinced you to get window replacement in Orange County and surrounding areas. But have you considered testing your old home for lead content?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if you live in a house built before 1978, it is highly likely that lead-based paint was used in the construction. While small amounts of lead in paint are typically not harmful, it cannot hurt to be extra careful. After all, lead poisoning is a very serious issue that happens more often than we care to admit.
Is your home lead-safe? Here are four ways to ensure that your family is protected at all times:
- Have professionals check the paint in your house for lead content. Even better, have them do a risk assessment while they’re at it. Not only will these two tests tell you if the paint in your home is a hazard, they will also inform you of ways to address the problem.
- Regularly check lead-painted areas for peeling or deterioration. Flaking paint can cause lead dust to be unwittingly touched or,worse, ingested.Pay special attention to lead-painted surfaces on windows, doors, stairs, and porches as these are areas we are constantly in contact with.
- Make it a habit to clear away paint chips or dust. Remember to use the proper tools when cleaning.Use a damp paper towel when picking up paint debris and wiping lead-painted surfaces. Throw everything, including the towel, in the trash. Do this at least once a week to prevent or reduce exposure to lead dust.
- Hire only lead-safe certified firms for your home-improvement projects.Whether you’re installing new doors or getting replacement windows, you want to make sure you’re not bringing more lead content into your home. Lead-safe certified contractors will know how to work on your home without disturbing lead-containing paint and spreading its potentially harmful dust.
We here at Renewal by Andersen® of Orange County don’t take lead issues lightly. This is why we have taken it upon ourselves to attain a lead-safe certified contractor status for your protection and peace of mind. We are well versed in lead-safe work practices.When we install your Orange County replacement windows, you can rest assured that your home is inexpert,reliable hands.
Give us a call at (888) 266-7127 to learn more about our replacement windows and our lead-safe installation process.