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Lead Paint Testing in Jacksonville Florida

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead paint poisoning affects over one million children today. Learning disabilities, hearing loss, and violent behavior are some of the effects that lead paint can have on young children. Many homes and apartments built before 1978 had lead-based paint. The lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards!

test for lead paint - smiling babyThe EPA suggests numerous reasons to have your home tested for lead paint, especially if your home was built in or around Jacksonville before 1978:

  • there are (or will be) young children in the home (children's bodies absorb lead faster)
  • you are renting or buying a home
  • you are about to remodel, renovate, repaint, or otherwise maintain your home in a way that might disturb lead paint (re: touching lead paint or breathing dust with lead)

HOMEBUYERS: It's important to educate yourself... Federal law requires that before being obligated under a contract to buy a home built prior to 1978, all buyers must receive the following from the seller:

  • An EPA approved pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards titled: Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (see free download below!)
  • Any known information concerning the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the building
  • An attachment to the contract, or language inserted in the contract, that includes a "Lead Warning Statement" and confirms that the seller has complied with all notification requirements: Lead-Based Paint Disclosure form sample
  • A 10-day period to investigate for lead-based paint hazards. Parties may mutually agree, in writing, to lengthen or shorten the time period for inspection (homebuyers may also waive this)

Areas where lead can be found:

  • Paint - typically in buildings built before 1978 (either interior or exterior)
  • In soil around the home
  • Household dust (usually from deteriorating lead based paint or surfaces that rub together like window frames)
  • Drinking water (typically from pipes and fixtures that corrode over time)
  • Painted toys and furniture, especially if they are old or even imported
  • Pottery, dishware, and glasses that contain lead (typically family heirlooms, older products, and imported containers)

Learn more about lead hazards - Download these two Free documents:

This checklist from the EPA will help you determine if your familiy is at risk for lead poisoning:

Lead Poisoning Home Checklist (PDF)

This brochure includes content from the EPA about identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards:

Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (PDF)


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