Lead paint was a commonality before 1978. So if your home was built before this time, there is a good chance it includes lead. While some states banned lead based paint before, 1978 was when the U.S. federal government banned lead paint for consumers.
According to the EPA, these are your percent chances of having lead paint based on home age.
- 1977-1960 – 24% chance
- 1959-1940 – 69% chance
- Before 1940 – 87% chance
So how do you know if it is a hazard or issue?
If you are concerned about lead paint in your home, it is important the paint does not get into the air. Therefore, ensure cracking/chipping is not occurring. Furthermore, ensure the paint is in a place to where it can not be easily worn.
For instance, paint on windowsills or on railings, will easily wear and get into the air.
We are concerned about the paint cracking, getting into the air, and then reaching someone’s lungs to cause lead poisoning.
You do not need to be concerned if the paint has been painted over with today’s standard of paint, or is not chipping/failing. However, it is recommended to paint over any paint containing lead to prevent future damage and inhalation.
Testing & Inspection
If you are concerned you have lead in your home, you could get an inspection, as well as, testing done. A home inspector is an expert at looking at homes and different conditions.
Disclosure & Selling Your Home
You can sell a home with this paint, however, if you are aware of the paint inside the home, you MUST disclose that information.
If you work with a Realtor, they will give you a seller’s disclosure form that will allow you to fill out that information so potential buyer’s are aware.
Ultimately, as long as the condition of it is okay, and it has been painted over, your buyer should be confident in moving forward.
Removal of Lead Paint
When in doubt, or if there is severe cracking of the paint inside your home, it is best to remove it as soon as possible to prevent poisoning.
If you have paint with lead, it is best to keep your home clean using these procedures:
- Regularly check the paint for chipping
- Wipe down flat painted surfaces with a wet paper towel
- Use a wet mop to control dust
- Steam clean carpets
It is best practice to control the dust and not damage the paint!
You may have lead in your drinking water. Read information about water testing.
If you have further concerns or questions, comment below!