East Falls is a residential community in Northwest Philadelphia. It runs along the banks of the Schuylkill River and was the childhood home of Princess Grace Kelly. Expansive parks, illustrious mansions, and recently renovated buildings make homes in East Falls continuously increase in value. Unfortunately, in recent years, East Falls has also become known for something else: lead poisoning.
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Lead-Based Paint in the East Falls Section of NW Philadelphia
The use of harmful lead-based paint was not banned until March of 1978 and a large number of homes in the East Falls section of Philadelphia were built well before that time.
The dust which occurs as a result of chipping, flaking the disturbing this aging paint is highly dangerous, especially to young children.
Recent laws have helped decrease this danger, but landlords need to be aware of what’s required.
Lead-Safe or Lead-Free Certifications Are Required in East Falls
In 2011, the Philadelphia city council recognized the danger that lead paint presents. It can cause health damage to people even when not exposed on a regular basis. Children age 6 or under are especially in danger. That’s because lead paint can cause damage to their organs and blood. Young children may even develop brain damage and learning disabilities if they’re exposed to lead-based paint.
The new regulations put in place in 2011 require that any East Falls landlord who is renting out property that was built before March of 1978 to have a certified lead inspection done before tenants can move in. This inspection tests all of the painted surfaces in the property and determines if there is the presence of lead-based paint, and if there is any active lead dust.
The home and land are inspected with a special XRF Gun which identifies the presence of lead, even if it’s buried beneath coats and coats of paint. If the inspection results on a positive discovery of the presence of lead, the next stage of the inspection is is to learn if there’s any evidence of active lead dust in the environment. For this, we use specially treated dust wipes on various surfaces of the dwelling. These wipes are sent to a lab for analysis.
Bay Hill Environmental Can Help East Falls Property Owners
Property owners in East Falls need to contact a reputable lead testing company. In the Philadelphia area, Bay Hill Environmental is that company. We’re here to assist homeowners, landlords, and tenants with all of their lead testing needs. Even if you’re not planning on renting out your home to anyone, you may still want to have the paint tested to ensure your own safety.
If your Northwest Philadelphia home was built before 1978 and you have children, you want to make certain that they are safe. Don’t risk you or your family’s health when all it takes is one quick phone call to set up an inspection.
Schedule a Lead Inspection in East Falls Today
Even if you’ve repainted recently, there still may be lead paint lurking deep down within your walls. Call Bay Hill today to schedule a LBP testing or to get a quote. Often, we can perform the test the same day you contact us. Call 609-238-3012 now or click here to send us a message.