According to the Montgomery County Lead Testing web site, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) is concerned with lead exposure in young children to lead-based paint. Houses built prior to 1978 often have lead-based paint. The Public Citizens for Children and Youth stated that over two-thirds of houses in Montgomery County were built before 1978, but less than 15 percent of the children have been screened for lead exposure. Paint from older homes chips and the dust from the paint can contaminate the soil and interior surfaces of homes. As children crawl on the floor and put their hands in their mouths, they can become exposed to high levels of lead. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health web site, such poisoning, even at relatively low levels, can cause lower IQ levels, attention deficit and neurological issues. Children exposed to high levels of lead can go into convulsions or even die. Lead exposure can even harm fetuses of pregnant women.
The Montgomery County OPH urges parents to have their physician conduct a lead exposure screening if their child is under 6 years of age. Often this screening is covered under Medicaid or one’s health insurance plan. Vox reported that 10 percent of the children tested in Pennsylvania for lead exposure had lead in their blood at the rate that is listed as dangerously high.
If there is a high level of lead found in a child’s blood, a lead inspection of the home is necessary in order to remove the sources of the lead poisoning. Bayhill Environmental provides lead paint testing services in the Montgomery County area and the greater Philadelphia area. We also provide certified lead testing in South Jersey. We provide lead certificate services, such as Lead-Free and Lead-Safe certifications.. These services meet the criteria specified by the Montgomery County lead hazard abatement rules. We can provide a quote right over the phone. Please fill out our online contact form. You will find we often provide same-day or next-day service. We serve home buyers, real estate investors, landlords, property management firms, and remodeling contractors.