We got ourselves in a bad a situation with a rental, where we didn't notice the peeling paint until our lease started and the landlord/owners stuff was moved out. I've posted some about that here: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=707372
, and had some helpful answers. I have a few more questions and thought this might be a good place for it as a lot of you with experience might be subbing this thread. I have read a lot of this thread, but haven't made it through all. I apologize in advance for repeats and am fine to be directed to the approximate page of an answer.
Briefly, the inside has some areas that test low in lead, we're pretty sure we contain those. The outside has many areas in the eaves that are peeling heavily that test high for lead. (The siding tests negative.) We intend to contain the worst of these, especially near the high traffic areas. The landlord will only pay $750 total for all this. We expect to have to pay for some of this. The door jams to the outside tested positive to lead. We want to patch chipping paint there and have the doors repaired so they don't stick.
I feel like with all that we contain most of the problem, but the existing chips in the dirt is what worries me. Especially with a 2y4mo ds that loves playing outside and sometimes sticks his hands in his mouth, 2 furry dogs that sometimes lay down and roll in the grass, and me wanting to get pregnant again.
* What have other people with dogs done? Would brushing them outside (me wearing a mask) help? Are they at risk of lead injury?
* Is there any way to get this stuff out of the dirt? We are thinking we could re-sod the backyard. I wonder how expensive it is. I doubt the landlord will pay for it.
* Can you tell me more about blood tests or direct me somewhere with good info? We're thinking of having myself and ds tested at the time we move in and again after some interval. If we saw an increase would that mean we are getting more lead exposure or are there normal fluctuations? Would we have to do the venous test for this to be meaningful?
Dh is more comfortable with this than I am. To break our lease would be a huge financial risk for us as we live in an expensive area and have signed a 12 month lease. I'm wanting to make some agreement with him before we go ahead with the work and moving ourselves in, like if ds or I have an increase above x amount in y months, we leave. Any thoughts about that, or would something else make sense?
Thanks so much for all your postings, sorry to be benefitting from wisdom earned through such hard times. Glad to hear of so many getting better.