Lead Testing


What Is Lead?

Lead is a metal that is originates deep underground in the earth’s crust.  This naturally occurring element can be found in virtually every part of the environment, including the air, water, soil and inside your home.  Human activities account for most of the lead exposure through the burning of fossil fuels and in a wide variety of household products.

Lead in Your Home

Despite efforts from companies and governments to limit the use of lead in household products, it is still present in most homes, to some degree.  Some of the ways members of your home may be exposed to lead include:

  • Lead paint (especially in homes built prior to 1980)
  • Lead dust that is created during home renovations
  • Old toys and other products containing lead
  • Lead leaching into household water from older pipes
  • Lead brought into the house from contaminated soil

 

Health Risks of Lead

Lead is toxic to humans in any amount and produces a variety of serious health effects.  Children and babies are most at risk for lead poisoning, as their brains and nervous systems are still developing.  For children, the health risks of lead exposure include: Lead Testing Services in London Ontario, Steam Canada

  • Lower IQ
  • Greater risk of attention-related disorders
  • Greater risk of behavioural disorders
  • Hearing problems
  • Delayed puberty
  • Reduced postnatal growth

 

Adults are also at risk for developing serious health issues due to lead exposure.  Some of proven health risks include:

  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Reduced fertility
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Cataracts
  • Reduced fetal growth (for pregnant women)
  • Muscle and joint pain

Contact Steam Canada in London Ontario Area to set up an appointment for a Professional Lead Testing