Lead Contamination Problems Sometimes Linked to Aging Buildings

Peeling paint, especially on older buildings, may pose a threat to people’s health.

Whether through shoddy construction, poor maintenance or other causes, some apartment complexes across the country, including in Florida, have experienced lead contamination, potentially putting tenants at risk for numerous health problems. Exposure to lead can cause a wide range of health problems, particularly for young children and babies exposed to this toxic metal. Sources of lead contamination may include peeling lead paint on the interior or exterior of buildings, as well as lead pipes that leach lead into drinking water, bathing water and water used for cooking.

Though the use of lead-based paints and lead pipes has sharply declined in recent decades, their past use has led to present problems. Properties with poor maintenance could have this dangerous metal lurking on site. Leading lead remediation companies can test for the presence of lead-based paint in aging buildings including houses, hotels, apartment buildings, condominiums and schools in places such as Miami, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Deerfield Beach and elsewhere across the region. Property managers and homeowners worried about the potential presence of lead on their properties can hire licensed lead remediation south florida firms to find and eliminate the metal before it causes health problems.

Lead contamination in cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale can severely sicken adults and children, with affected children potentially experiencing long-lasting health deficiencies and developmental problems. Companies that offer lead removal fort lauderdale services can safely eliminate paints that contain lead and minimize the health risks posed by lead in individual homes, condos, apartments and other locations. Lead exposure can cause fatigue, memory loss, constipation, headaches, pain in the joints and other symptoms. Prolonged exposure to lead can have detrimental effects on the digestive system, the nervous system, the muscular-skeletal system and other body systems. Common problems may also include numbness, loss of appetite, seizures, anemia and kidney problems.


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