Lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the U.S. today.

Lead is a toxic material that can enter the body through a number of ways including respiration and ingestion. High levels of lead-poisoning can cause seizures, coma and even death, while low levels are known to affect the brain, kidneys, blood and central nervous system.

There is a sense of urgency when it comes to lead abatement, especially in homes or businesses that have children. Lead paint was still being used in homes as recently as 1978 and is frequently found tucked underneath newer layers of paint.

Contractors are required to take special lead-specific precautions when renovating homes to minimize risk of lead poisoning. At ALM Abatements, we provide risk assessment of your home or business then work to develop and implement a stabilization plan to safely eliminate lead from the property.  

When renovating an old or historical property that has lead-based paint, the hazard is in the dust created when surfaces are sanded or drilled during the renovation.

When lead-based dust is inhaled, touched, or swallowed, exposure can lead to:

  • Difficulties during pregnancy and birth defects
  • Other reproductive problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems
  • Nerve disorders
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Muscle and joint pain

Children can be at greater risk of lead exposure. Young children tend to put their hands and other objects in their mouths. Children absorb more, which leads to brain and nervous system issues affecting more sensitivity from exposure that can lead to:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system.
  • Behavior and learning problems.
  • Slowed growth.
  • Hearing problems.
  • Headaches.


For more information on lead visit CDPHE-Lead