From “Mother Jones” comes an important article about lead levels in your home. If you live in a city, it’s worthwhile to have a professional test your home for lead levels, because do-it-yourself test kits are wrong up to 50% of the time. Following are things you should have tested in your home for lead levels:
* Water: pipes and solder in older homes often contain lead; even new fixtures can be up to 8% lead. The recommended fix of running the tap for several minutes is not always effective; better to install an NSF-approved tap filter.
* Countertops and Floors: Dust from paint and soil can collect on surfaces. Wipe them down even more often than usual if you have children that are of the age of putting everything into their mouths.
* Windows: Friction from opening and closing old windows wears down paint and creates lead dust. It’s best to get them replaced by a lead safe contractor.
* Paint: Sanding, scraping,, and chemically stripping old paint releases lead; it’s better to seal the stuff in with a fresh coat. If you must scrape, wet the paint to keep down dust. Following these tips will help safeguard your home from dangerous lead levels.