Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) children under 6 years old are at the highest risk for lead poisoning. Lead enters the body when ingested or inhaled. Lead poisoning may cause behavior and learning problems, lower IQ, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, anemia, reproductive issues in both men and women, increased blood pressure, and decreased kidney function. While exposure to deteriorating paint and paint dust containing lead is a common cause of lead poisoning, there are others ways you could be exposed. Lead can be found in soil, tap water, painted toys, glazed pottery, candy, and cosmetics. If you believe you or your children have been exposed to lead, ask your Doctor to perform a blood test. When should you have your home tested for lead? If your home was built before 1978, your home has peeling or chipping paint, when buying a home or signing a lease, before renovations, or if your home is near a busy roadway where leaded gasoline and its exhaust could have contaminated the soil. Neighbors Home Inspections (NHI) is here for all your environmental testing needs.