Lila's lead level went up
She was initially a 26 (11/05) then a 24 (3/06) and now a 28 (8/06). I am so bummed out. Especially since in my mind I thought all of those numbers were in the teens, 16, 14, rather than 26/24. How did my brain do that? Wishful thinking I suppose.
From what the lead inspector who came out in Dec said, all of our lead issues are on the outside of the house. He didn't want to file a report or take dust samples, b/c it was nearly Christmas and if he did we would've only had 6 weeks to comply. It was very nice of him.
This past summer we removed the entire back porch and an overhang that went most of the way across the back of the house. All covered in lead paint. Dh used his infra-red paint removal tool to strip the door frames (basement and back door, both go out to back yard) and the main floor brick molding on the windows. (he taped plastic across the whole back side of the house from the inside) After that we marked off a patio that covers an area that runs almost the width of the house and 14' out into the yard. We covered that area with crushed limestone, about a foot thick. My bil gave us a load of nearly dead sod (he was clearing space for a garden and we didn't pick it up quickly enough), which I used a garden fork to chunk up, and smooth over a large section of our yard. That gave us some good coverage and amazingly enough grass is growing in that area.
We still have a long way to go though b/c our carriage house is covered in lead paint. Dh is reroofing it (a summer project that should've been finished before he started teaching again, but a few paying projects came up and its not yet complete) and will then start on stripping it, again with the infrared paint removing tool and lots & lots of plastic coverage.
I am ordering the nilfisk family vac today. It can't get here soon enough imo.
And I'm stepping back up the wet moping and cleaning. Damn, I really slacked off on that this summer. It is so hard to get stuff like that done with three kids, homeschool and all the other stuff that goes on in life. I could kick myself for not doing a better job.
We'll be getting a call from the city to schedule another lead inspection, and the lead health nurse is going to come along. Ugh. I don't think she likes us much, we're too far out of the box (re vaccines and our approach to healthcare in general), I think.