Warmer weather generally means spring cleaning and remodels! It makes us happy to clean up our homes from the winter and to start new projects inside our homes, but spring cleaning and remodels can cause major health problems. Most people are unaware that their homes could contain asbestos and lead paint. Both can cause you to be incredibly ill and even cause death. Colorado Hazardous Environmental wants to keep you and your family safe. One way we do this is through knowledge. Below, we will discuss asbestos and lead paint and how to protect yourself!

Asbestos

Asbestos fibers are mixed with different materials that are used for construction. These materials, if disturbed, can cause you to become exposed to asbestos. Some everyday household items that could contain asbestos are:

  • Insulation
  • Textured Paint
  • Popcorn Ceilings
  • Adhesives
  • Wallpapers
  • Tile and Roofing

Remodels and cleaning generally include disturbing one or more of the above items. If you have an older home or a home that has yet to have an asbestos inspection, now is the time! Having an asbestos inspection completed will let you know if you have dangerous asbestos fibers in your home so that you can have them professionally removed.

Lead Paint

Lead paint shouldn’t still be a concern, but it is. The lead was used in paint for years until it was shown to cause lead poisoning, which affects the elderly, children, and pregnant women. During remodels and Spring cleaning, you most likely paint over existing paint. This leaves the lead paint underneath, which shouldn’t cause a problem unless it breakdowns from wear and tear or a child has access to it. A lead paint test can put your mind at ease. Lead poisoning can cause seizures, behavior problems, and other major issues in children and the elderly.
Before starting any remodels and Spring Cleaning, consider having your home checked for both asbestos and lead. It could save you are your family from becoming extremely ill!