What do I do if there is lead or asbestos in a home?
Thank you for your concerns regarding the health impacts of asbestos and lead in a home. In Wilkes County, we currently don’t have a program regulating the demolition or removal of asbestos or lead paint through the Wilkes County Health Department. However, I can provide you with a contact telephone number for a branch that regulate asbestos demolition, removal and health related issues. This department is located out of Raleigh with a contact number of 919-707-5950.

Lead paint in a home can be hazards to children. Lead base paint can typically be found in home that were built before 1978. At the time it was the good paint, but has since been linked to children with elevated blood lead levels. Children typically have their lead level evaluated by their pediatrics at the age of 2 and 6. If it is determined that the child has an evaluated level then the pediatric refers them to the Wilkes County Health Department.

A team investigation between the Lead Nurse, Environmental Health and the family is conducted. We investigate the home, foods, toys and activities to determine and eliminate the source. If we can help with additional concerns, please feel free to contact us at 336-651-7530.

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1. Who do I contact if I am concerned about environmental health hazards in my work place?
2. Who can I speak to concerning black mold in a rental house?
3. How do I report improper removals of waste in my neighborhood?
4. How can I get help with code violations in my apartment?
5. Have there been reports of bed bugs at any lodging establishments in Wilkes County?
6. Is it illegal to have a camper on your own land and allow the raw sewage to be dumped on the owners property?
7. Does health department do drinking water testing for individuals?
8. Does the Health Department keep records of applications for new septic systems?
9. How can I report illegal activities/poor sanitation in hotels?
10. How can we have someone from the Health Department check out unsanitary living conditions?
11. Are there health concerns or city ordinances for trash piles in a neighborhood?
12. Are there records in the Health Department that indicate where the septic tank and drain lines are located in old houses?
13. How long is a perc test valid?
14. What is the cost of a Perc Test?
15. What do I do if there is lead or asbestos in a home?