Lead-based Paint Facts
As part of the real estate transaction for houses older than 1978, a Lead-based Paint Disclosure is required. Many buyers tend to worry about what this actually means. Many of the older homes have been remodeled which lessens the danger, but there still may be traces, so it’s better to be cautious.
Lead is a very toxic substance and can lead to major health issues. It is very dangerous to children and they can die from lead poisoning, or suffer long-term mental and physical disabilities.
It is estimated that about 75% of all homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. You may not even be aware that it is around you. Homes built before the 1950s can contain a higher content of lead than those built afterward. The use of lead-based paint was banned in 1978 by the U. S. Consumer Protection Commission.
You can prevent exposure to lead-based health hazards by properly maintaining and managing the surfaces in your home. The majority of the early lead-based paints were used in on exteriors, interior woodwork, windows, and doors.
A high-phosphate automatic dishwasher detergent or a solution of TSP can be used to wash the floors, window frames, sills and other surfaces on a frequent basis. Make sure to wear protective gloves when using these solutions. Wash your sponges and mops thoroughly after cleaning.
Keep children from chewing on painted surfaces.
You can also test for lead in your home in several ways.
1. There are instant lead testing kits available at hardware stores. These kits have swabs, packets of chemicals and instructions. Use a moist swab to mix in the chemical package. Apply it to the surface for testing. If the swab turns a given color per the instructions you will know that lead is present. These are general tests and will not give you specifics.
2. A qualified professional assessor can help you determine how serious the lead results are and help you decide what steps to take to mitigate the lead. These professionals use private laboratories and the results take some time, but it might be worth the wait.
3. You can completely remove the lead hazard by contacting a contractor who is licensed to deal with the lead. These contractors have taken classes and are certified by the EPA. This solution can run between several hundred dollars to thousands.
For more detailed information on lead-based paint, go to the EPA website.
For more information about Denver Colorado Real Estate or homes for sale along the Front Range, call Marilyn Van Steenberg, Dream Home Consultant, Certified Residential Specialist and Eco-Broker.
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