I Think I Have Lead Paint in My Home - Should I Be Worried?

Do you live in a home built before 1980?

Are you concerned about being exposed to lead paint?

Lead paint, once extremely popular for durability and color retention, has become a cause for concern due to its toxic properties. 

In 1978, the United States banned the use of lead paint. If your home was built before the 1980’s, then it’s very likely that it has lead paint. 

If you plan to renovate or paint your home in the future, you must take precautions to protect your health and the safety of anyone you hire to help, in addition to complying with regulations. 

Identifying Lead Paint 

Homes built before the 1980’s likely to contain lead paint, and homes built after this date may still have areas where lead paint was used - especially if older layers remain intact beneath newer paint. 

While lead paint is typically found on walls, it can also be present on window frames, doors, and other surfaces. Lead paint may appear as chipped, peeling, or cracking paint often revealing multiple layers of paint underneath. 

To know for sure if your home contains lead paint, purchase a home testing kit. 

Health Risks

Lead is a neurotoxin that can cause severe health problems, particularly in children under six years old, pregnant women, and pets. Even low levels of lead exposure can lead to: 

•    Developmental Delays
•    Nervous System Damage
•    Organ Damage
•    Reproductive Issues

How to Reduce the Risk of Lead Exposure

If you learn that there’s lead paint in your home, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure: 

Leave it: If the lead paint is in good condition and not peeling, chipping, or cracking, it may be safer to leave it undisturbed. 

Apply Sealant: Covering lead paint with a sealant can prevent it from deteriorating and releasing lead dust in your home. 

Regular Cleaning: Thoroughly cleaning your floors, windowsills, and other surfaces where lead dust could accumulate may help. Consider using a damp cloth or mop to avoid spreading the dust. 

Renovation Precautions: If you plan to renovate, take precautions like hiring a certified lead professional to safely remove lead paint or research and follow lead-safe work practices before attempting to do it yourself. 

Consult an Expert

If you suspect lead exposure or you’re experiencing symptoms of lead poisoning, consult a healthcare professional immediately. Blood tests can detect elevated lead levels in the body, and early intervention can prevent further health complications down the road. 

Work With Expert Interior Painters in Ann Arbor! 

While the presence of lead paint in your home may be concerning, being proactive can help lower your risks. 

If you are looking for a smooth, professional paint job, look no further than Mussio Painting! We are your local expert interior painters in Ann Arbor. Our attention to detail will help you feel safe, and satisfied with your fresh look. 

Contact us today at (734) 995-2646.


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