February 15, 2023
Lead abatement is a topic receiving a lot of attention nationally and locally at the moment. Both the federal government and the state of Missouri are taking actions to reduce the threat of lead poisoning. If you live or operate a business from an older building, you should consider having your pipes and paint checked for lead by an expert team like the one at SMART Environmental Services.
NPR has reported that “the Biden administration announced its plan to remove lead pipes and lead paint within the next decade.” This plan involves $15 billion for services like lead abatement to help improve the nation’s drinking water. This action plan is planned to span across several agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This funding for physical removal of pipes and paint is being paired with better regulatory ability for the EPA. The EPA banned lead in residential paint effective1978 or prior.
Missouri’s ban on lead became effective Jan. 1, 1989. This means that any plumbing installed before this time might contain lead. Under this lead free standard, 8% lead was allowed in pipes, fittings and fixtures and .2% in solder. This was changed in 2014 with the Reduction of lead in Drinking Water Act to 0.25% lead as a weighted average on all wetted surfaces for pipes, fittings and fixtures. Lead abatement from a local business like SMART Environmental Services is a perfect option if you have pipes that are above this limit.
As stated on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website, “The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is helping Missouri’s water systems develop an initial lead service line inventory.” In addition to this, there are also financial assistance programs from the state for lead service line inventories and lead service line replacements.
Where We Come In
SMART Environmental Services has experience with lead abatement in commercial buildings as well as in homes. Our team has years of experience we can use to make your home or business safer for your family or customers. If ingested over an extended period of time, lead can cause lead poisoning along with other conditions. If your home or business was built before 1978, consider lead abatement today.
If you need someone to handle lead, mold, or asbestos removal in your building in the Kansas City area, SMART Environmental Services can help. Call us today at (913) 355-5303 or visit our website to contact us online. Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect yourself!