Last month, we discussed lead poisoning in your water supply, how to prevent it, and what to do if you have it.

This month, while not our area of expertise, we will discuss other sources of lead poisoning and how to reduce the risk.  But we start with the potential symptoms of lead poisoning.

Lead Poisoning Symptoms


Symptom Newborns Children Adults
Developmental delay x
Learning difficulties x
Irritability x
Loss of appetite x
Weight loss x
Sluggishness/fatigue X
Abdominal pain X X
Vomiting X
Constipation X
Hearing loss X
Seizures X
Premature birth X
Low birth weight X
Slowed growth X
High blood pressure X
Joint and muscle pain X
Difficulties with memory or concentration X
Headache X
Mood disorders X
Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm X
Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth X


If you are concerned, ask your healthcare provider for a blood lead test.

Lead Poisoning Sources and Remedies 

In some cases, preventing lead poisoning requires mitigating lead exposure. This means recognizing the sources of lead in your environment.

Lead Paint

Lead paint was outlawed in 1978, but if your house was built before that, there could be lead in the paint on the walls, doors, windows, railings etc.  There could also be lead on many furnishings, including cribs and highchairs.  Lead paint chips and deteriorating lead-based paint remain sources to this day. Specifically, as lead paint from your home or furnishing peels or chips, children could eat it.

Here are the remedies:


Contaminated soil also presents a risk. Emissions from leaded fuel and other sources settle into soil. The soil around your home and community can contain lead from paint or from the use of leaded gasoline back when cars, the lawn mower or the snowblower operated on leaded fuel.  This lead can stay in the soil for years.  We know we can’t stop the kids from playing outside, but here are some things you can do:


Planting a garden and eating food from that garden is great.  But if there is lead in the soil, that food can become contaminated.  Here are some tips.

Lead Dust

Lead-contaminated dust can come from lead-based paint or through soil tracked into the house.  Here are the remedies:

Other Sources

While those are the primary sources of lead poisoning, here are a few others:

Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric Can “Get the Lead Out” of Your Drinking Water

While the above sources of lead poisoning are not our area of expertise, Ravinia Plumbing’s trained plumbers can check and see if there is lead in your drinking water.  If there is, and the issue is related to your home’s plumbing, we can replace the pipes, faucets, or fixtures, and can also install a point-of-use filter for drinking water. We’ve been in business since 1928 (that’s 95 years!), and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable HVAC, plumbing, drain and sewer, and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.