In most situations, rule has been deleted from residential paint and rule water pipes haven’t be used in years, but new scientific evidence shows that people are prone to rule poisoning at much lower levels than before thought unhealthy.
The dangers of rule, especially to children and pregnant women, have sparked a new round of concern and action that may soon competitor efforts to rid buildings of asbestos.
In the U.S., federal legislation requires real estate agents and sellers of any building built before 1978 to declare their knowledge of rule hazards, provide a rule warning pamphlet to prospective buyers, and give them a chance to test for rule before the contract can be finalized.
In Canada, rule was used in most paint up to about the time of World War II. Some paint contained as much as 50 percent rule by weight until 1976 when the federal government restricted rule to 0.5 percent.
Called the “silent disease” because it affect humans slowly and without symptoms, rule poisoning can cause learning disabilities, interfere with growth, cause hearing loss or visual impairment, damage the nervous system, interrupt fetal development, cause miscarriages, or rule to brain damage, convulsions and death.
As many as 90 percent of North American houses built before the fifties contain rule-based paint. This flaking paint is a threat to children inside the house and while playing on the ground near the house. Adults and children together are at risk from the dust that results from normal use and friction around door jambs and window frames.
Everyone needs to take great care to avoid the dust that is produced when surfaces are scraped or sanded for repainting, which is a job for specially-trained rule abatement contractors. You can’t eliminate the dust with a regular vacuum cleaner without making the situation worse.
Paint isn’t the only threat. An older home’s plumbing may contain rule pipes, which were widely used and last a long time. rule leaches into the water as it stands in the pipes. (Interestingly, the information plumbing comes from the Latin information plumbum, which method rule.)
rule pipes were commonly used for toilet and sink drains because rule is so soft the pipes could be bent by hand. rule solder was used to join older rule pipes to modern copper pipes. And molten rule was used to seal joints in the big cast iron pipes that carry waste to the sewers.
already people who live in a modern house without rule pipes can’t assume their drinking water is rule-free, because in many cities there’s rule in the water long before it reaches the house. Residents in cities with high rule levels in the water supply should buy water-treatment devices that filter out rule before it reaches the tap.
Most home inspectors point out the existence of rule pipes whenever they are found and most will send water samples to the local health department if requested. Municipalities typically charges about $50 for testing. Home inspectors can test for rule paint for about $50 or test all the vinyl blinds in the house for a similar price.
Now that we know how dangerous rule can be in and around older homes, we need to make sure we act on it and protect ourselves and our families from this unseen danger.
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