Lead Paint in the Home
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Until the late 1970s, most structures were painted using the then-common lead-based paint. Lead has been added to paint for centuries. It is used to increase durability, speed drying times, resist moisture, and help fight against deterioration. However, by the end of the 20th century, health practitioners and researchers had officially noted the dangers of lead exposure, especially to young children. The further use of lead paint was banned in order to keep people safe from its toxic effects.
However, despite the ban, lead-based paint remains in homes and buildings constructed before the ban took effect. Before beginning any sort of home renovation project, it is important to consult an expert knowledgeable in lead-based paint recognition and removal methods in order to prevent any sort of risk to you and your family.
Sources of Lead Paint
Lead paint has been used extensively on both interior and exterior surfaces. Use caution before renovating:
- Interior walls
- Interior woodwork
- Exterior painted surfaces
- Staircase railings
- Floor trim
When buildings are deteriorating or in a state of disrepair, the risk of exposure to lead from peeling or flaking paint is increased. Additionally, attempting to cut and renovate old painted surfaces can send harmful lead particles into the air.