If you are like many homeowners, you probably know that lead testing is an essential procedure for any home improvement project. It is especially important to know the hazards that are associated with lead-based paint and take action before they become a problem. If you want to avoid potential problems, you should consider lead hazard inspection services when planning any renovation or construction project. Here are four reasons why you should consider these services:

You want to remove lead-based paint yourself

If you want to remove lead-based paint yourself, it is important to know how to do so safely. You will need a professional lead hazard inspector on site for this project. The inspector can tell you whether or not the paint can be removed and what kind of safety precautions should be taken during removal procedures.

Requirement by your landlord

If you live in a rental property, your landlord may require that you have a qualified lead inspector assess it before renting it out again (depending on state laws). The landlord may want to get rid of the older paint before renting it out again. In this case, you should consider hiring an inspector to evaluate the lead levels in the property.

If you are planning on selling your property

This can be another reason to hire a certified lead abatement contractor. You need an inspection report or clearance letter from a qualified inspector. Most states require that contractors have a professional lead hazard inspector on site during the removal process and inspect the area afterward for safe levels of lead contamination.

To promote health

Lead is one of the most hazardous substances on Earth. While there is no known safe level of exposure to any type of lead, children are especially at risk for developing health complications from inhaling or ingesting lead. Not only can lead affect cognition, but it can also lead to behavioral issues. The hazardous element can also damage the brain and kidneys severely.  Exposure to this heavy metal can be particularly dangerous for children in their developing stages. In fact, even low traces of lead be harmful to children's health. Fortunately, you can prevent this trouble by having your property inspected by a professional lead abatement company. Lead-based products can put public health and safety at risk. In many cases, however, these products can be removed safely with the right tools and training.

Contact a professional to learn more about lead hazard inspections