Hi, my name is Michael Grohol
I am a Lead Inspector/Assessor. I am licensed with the California Department of Public Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, Lead Related Construction unit. ID # 23367.
If you or your family live in a home that was built before 1978, there is a good possibility that lead based paint was used in your home.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency allowed it to be on the shelves of paint stores until 1980. The older your home is, the greater chance that lead based paint was used on it.
Lead is particularly harmful to children. An elevated lead blood level is harmful to developing brains, kidneys, and can mean lower IQ, as well as behavior and learning problems.
The advisory committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention has recommended that lead blood levels in children be lowered from 10 micro-grams of lead per deciliter to 5 micro-grams per deciliter. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has accepted the panels recommendations. It is estimated that 1 in 38 children have elevated levels of lead in their blood.
Lead is also found in the soil around homes. It comes from paint chips, dust, leaded gasoline, as well as renovations to a home.
I specialize in Santa Cruz Lead Paint Testing as well as the surrounding Bay Area.
I can test for lead in and around your home using non-invasive Niton XRF technology. A process that will determine if lead is present or not. You will receive a report that will identify if lead was found, and where it is located.
Whether it is your tile floor, your tile shower, or your tile counter tops, it is very possible there was Lead used in the glaze to make them shine.
Undisturbed it is safe, locked in the glaze.
Lead in tiles was banned in the United States in 1978 along with Lead in paint.
Many tiles that come from outside the United States still use Lead in the glaze.
Leaded tiles are imported at an alarming rate, and installed in homes undetected.
If Leaded tiles are disturbed or chipped, they will release Leaded dust which is easily ingested by children as well as pets and people.
If a mild acid is spilled on the glaze it will leach the Lead out.
Citric Acid in lemon juice, orange juice, or canned tomatoes is a mild acid.
If replacing a shower, counter or floor, precautions should be taken.
A licensed Lead Inspector/Assessor can test for Lead in tiles using noninvasive XRF Technology.
CDC - Centers for Disease Control
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
CDPH - California Department of Public Health
Lead in Paint - one milligram per centimeter squared
Lead in Dust - 40 micro-grams of lead in dust per square foot of floor
250 micro-grams of lead in dust per square foot on interior window sills
Lead in Soil - 400 ppm (parts per million) in child's principal play area, as well as bare soil
CDPH: 1,000 ppm in all other areas
EPA: 1,200 ppm in all other areas
Lead in drinking water - 15 ppb (parts per billion)
Although there is no safe levels of lead, the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention recommends that public health actions be initiated when lead in a child's blood is five micro-grams per deciliter or more.
On January 4th 2011, Congress enacted the reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act to ban the use of lead pipes, plumbing fittings or fixtures, solder and flux. See http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/lead/. Water sampling is available upon request.
Call me today to set up an inspection to keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning.