Although Atlantic County, New Jersey, is today best known for the beaches, boardwalks, and casinos of Atlantic City, the area has a long history dating back to the early American settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, Atlantic County is one of the fastest-growing counties in New Jersey and is home to hundreds of thousands of people and bustling metropolitan facilities, including the Atlantic City International Airport.
The Dangers of Lead Paint In Your Atlantic County Home
As a region with a long history, you won’t be surprised to learn that there are many homes, apartments, and other buildings in Atlantic County that were built prior to federal regulations regarding lead-based paint that went into effect in 1978. From then on, the use of such paint was outlawed in any newly constructed or renovated buildings; however, layers of lead-based paint is likely to still exist in older buildings.
Over the last two and a half decades, further regulations have been enacted regarding lead paint. Starting in 1992, the EPA and HUD were required to disclose any information about lead-based paint in homes going up for sale or lease. In some cities, such as Philadelphia, which is near Atlantic County, local ordinances have begun requiring landlords to undergo lead paint testing and receive lead-free or lead-safe certification before renting out older homes and apartments.
Learn How Safe Your Atlantic County Home Is
The CDC has determined that exposure to lead on any level is not safe for anyone, but is especially dangerous to young and unborn children. Lead exposure has been linked to developmental disabilities, neurological damage, and learning disorders. Even if lead-based paint hasn’t been used in your home in years, it may still remain under newer layers, and could cause harmful lead dust to fall when you make repairs and renovations.
That’s why you should contact Bay Hill Environmental before you buy or lease a home built prior to 1978 in Atlantic County. Our technicians are skilled and efficient at testing through multiple layers of paint to find out if your home is lead-safe or lead-free. Testing is affordable and simple, and will allow you to make any necessary arrangements to remediate the dangers, or go ahead and move in without worrying about putting your family at risk.
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