Environments Issues ...
In the 1920’s, Lead was commonly found in plumbing systems.
In fact, the word "plumbing" is derived from the
Latin word "plumbum," which means lead.
Today, lead is recognized as a serious health threat.
Although rarely found still in use, lead could be present in any
home built as recently as the 1940’s.
In addition to being used in pipes, lead was an active
ingredient in many household paints.
The lead can be released in the process of sanding, or be ingested
by small children and animals chewing on painted surfaces.
When lead pipes are used as a component of a waste system, they does not
constitute a viable health threat, but as a component of
potable water deliver system, lead components would certainly be
considered a health-hazard.
Your NAHIPA Inspector is not an environmental hygienist and therefore
must disclaim any responsibility for testing or establishing
the presence of lead.
Fortunately, specialists using sophisticated instruments
can detect lead in painted surfaces, but this type of
testing is not cheap.
If you suspect lead to be present, we recommend that you
schedule it to be examined by a specialist before the
close of escrow.
For more information on the dangers of lead, please visit the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
They publish a
fact sheet on lead in drinking water
as well as information on
lead in paint, dust, and soil.
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