Lead Based Paint

What is Lead Paint?

Lead Based PaintLead based paint is a toxic hazard.  Whether you are buying or selling a house, it’s always a good to know about the home’s hidden hazards.   Paint or coatings that contain more than 0.5 % or more of lead by weight are lead based.   Lead paint has been banned from residential use since 1978.  Homes built before 1978 have the potential of carrying a lead hazard.

What is the hazard?

Lead is a potent neurotoxin.  A neurotoxin is a chemical that harms our nervous system – the brain, and the nerve network that sends messages from the brain to the body.  Lead is especially harmful to young children.  This is because their brain and nervous system is still developing; any damage at this stage is permanent to the child.  Such damage can cause behavioral and difficulties in school later in life.

Lead DustWhen deteriorated paint mixes with household dust, lead containing dust is created.  This same lead dust can be created when old windows slide up and down, or when doors rub against the casing.  Young children can breathe the dust, or unintentionally ingest lead dust when crawling on the floor.  Exposure to lead can occur when toys are mouthed by toddlers.  The amount of lead dust that can make a child ill is so small it cannot be seen by the naked eye.

How do I know if there is a problem?

It is impossible to tell if your home has lead paint unless it is tested.  Testing is done with a non-destructive machine called an X-ray Fluorescence instrument.  The XRF is able to detect lead in paint even if the initial paint was re-coated and lies under several layers of regular paint.

Testing for lead paint in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Upstate New York must be done with either a state or EPA licensed Lead Inspector.  These consultants are trained to perform lead inspections under the guidelines issued by the EPA and the US Housing and Urban Development.

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