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Analysis of Probable Lead Contamination During Fire Damage Repair Work

A fire can cause a lot of destruction, resulting in structural damage as well as damage to your belongings. The best thing to do after a fire in Wayne, NJ, is hire the experts at ServiceMaster Metropolitan. We can conduct the required fire damage repair steps on an immediate basis. In this context, let’s look at risk of lead contamination after a fire and the steps our technicians take to recognize such types of contamination.


Fire and Lead Contamination

Apart from the usual cleaning tasks, fire damage repair experts also consider the possibility of lead being present in your damaged home. There are different types of household products that contain lead, and lead fumes resulting from molten lead can result in lead contamination and pose several health risks. Here are some common things in our homes that can contain lead:

Building Products

  • Stained glass windows
  • Ceramic tile glazing
  • Pipe solder
  • Roof flashings
  • Paints (lead based)
  • Sinks/bathtubs with porcelain glazing
  • Lead lag shields
  • Plastics and rubber
  • Solar cells
  • Lead water piping

Household Items

  • Fishing weights
  • Earthenware
  • Drapery weights
  • Batteries
  • Electronics
  • Antiques
  • Jewelry
  • Diving weights
  • Books printed before 1985
  • Painted toys made before 1985

To avoid health problems, experienced fire damage cleanup technicians test for lead even in buildings built after 1978. Many inexperienced technicians don’t consider it necessary to perform a lead test if the home was built after 1978, but that can oftentimes prove to be a grave mistake.

Today’s building contents and materials contain some amount of lead, and as such, it’s essential to conduct the necessary tests to ensure there’s no lead contamination in your home as a result of the fire.

Let’s look at an example that highlights the severity of lead contamination that may occur when things containing lead vaporize during a house fire:

  • About a pint of lead-based paint is needed to cover both sides of a door. This much paint will contain about 2,800 milligrams (mg) of lead
  • A fishing weight that weighs 6oz will have 170,000mg of lead
  • A car battery will have about 9,525,000mg of lead

These examples clearly highlight the fact that high levels of lead can vaporize during a fire in your home, resulting in serious lead contamination.


Lead Contamination and Fire Damage Cleanup

If a test confirms the presence of lead contamination after a fire, our experts will dispose of things like soft goods, toys, bedding, and clothes instead of attempting to clean these items. Fire damage restoration experts are aware of the fact that methods such as deodorizers, cleansers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone prove to be ineffective in the removal of lead dust and contamination from such items.


Fire damage repair is a complex task where technicians have to consider many different aspects, like the possibility of lead contamination. The experts at ServiceMaster Metropolitan have the required experience to recognize these risks and take the appropriate action. When it comes to fire damage repair in Wayne, NJ, and all of northern New Jersey, give us a call immediately, 24/7/365, at (855) 560-7999 for expert fire damage repair.

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