Testing your home for lead paint

While lead-based paint has been illegal to use in the United States since 1978, that does not mean it is completely gone from all residences. Many homes might still have this highly toxic chemical, especially those places that were constructed before lead paint was banned. Research has found that 75 percent of homes that were built before 1978 contain at least some lead-based paint, and the older a home is the more likely there will be lead found. If you think your family's health might be at risk, it is a good idea to get your home tested.

Here are a few reasons you should test your home for lead paint:

  • Age: How old your home is will be a strong indicator as to whether or not it contains lead. Homes that were built before 1950 almost always contain lead, and you will likely find some if your home was built before 1978. If your home is more than four decades old, a home inspection will be important.
  • Location: Where you home is can have a dramatic effect on whether or not it contains lead. If you live near a busy street or highway, it is possible that leaded gasoline and exhaust may have affected your home, particularly in the soil of the yard. Lead can be found everywhere on your property, not just in the walls.
  • Remodel: If you are thinking about renovating your home, that is a perfect time to test for any lead paint. You should know if there are any harmful substances in your home before you put any more money into it, so you can get rid of it as quickly as possible.

If you live in Maryland and are interested in a lead paint inspection, schedule an appointment with the professionals at Alban Inspections today!