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Homeowners’ Guide: How to Make Your House Lead-Safe

Lead is an element that is naturally present in the environment. It can be harmful to your health as inhalation or ingestion may cause increased blood pressure, reduced muscle coordination, impaired vision and hearing, nerve damage, and reproductive problems.

It is particularly dangerous to children below six years old and can damage the nervous system, kidney, and liver. It may also lead to anemia, developmental delays, and even death. With these life-threatening effects, it’s important to keep your home lead-free.

Renewal by Andersen® of Northeast PA, a local source for high-quality windows Scranton residents have loved for years, shares some tips for making sure your home is lead-safe:

1. Inspect your home’s exterior, especially the fences and porches, for peeling lead-based paint. The paint may contaminate the soil, which your family and guests may bring into your house. To prevent this from happening, place mats near your entry door and other entryways. It may also be a good idea to remove your shoes before entering the house.

2. Make sure that all painted surfaces in your home are in good condition. Clean them regularly to prevent chipping and dust formation. Lead dust can accumulate on scraped and heated lead-based paint as you carry out repair work.

Choose a lead-safe certified contractor for repair and repainting services to avoid lead contamination at home.

3. Avoid touching your face and mouth while working with products with lead. Wash your hands before drinking or eating.

4. Test your water. You can purchase lead testing kits to collect water samples that you can send to a laboratory for testing. As each home has varied water pipes, results may vary.

If the results show high levels of lead, you should use a filter that has been certified to reduce lead effectively. For your drinking water, you may also opt to switch to bottled water.

Making sure your home is lead-free will help protect your family’s health. As your old window frames may be coated with lead-based paint, think about buying replacement windows in Scranton made by Renewal by Andersen, a lead-safe certified firm.

To learn more about lead safety and window replacement, get in touch with Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA. We offer various types of windows, such as awning, sliding, double-hung, casement, picture, and bay and bow windows. Made of Fibrex®, our window frames won’t crack, corrode, or rot. Call us today, and our team will be glad to assist you in making the right selection for your home.

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