Hidden Danger: The Walls and Woodwork Can Be a Hazard

If your home was built prior to 1978 and has cracked, flaking, or chipped paint, that condition should be treated as a potential hazard and repaired. If paint containing lead was used around door or window frames in the Austin home, normal usage of these things in the home may be generating a surprisingly large amount of dust that contains lead. This dust is a toxic material and can be almost impossible to dispose of. Sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting can cause it to reenter the air and it just shifts around whenever you go near it.

In order to find out whether or not your home has leaded paint, if your home was built before the 1978 ban, the most conservative course of action is to get a paint inspection done by a trained professional. That will let the homeowner determine the degree of safety of lead additive in every painted surface and will reveal any areas or sources of serious contamination. Though there are kits that homeowners can buy to do the testing themselves, the EPA recommends an inspection conducted by an experienced to find any dangerous areas that may be missed by the untrained eye.

Lead paint in the home is not something that can be ignored. The effects are serious and may take years to show any obvious signs. For the safety of your entire family, if you live in a home built before 1978, take the necessary steps to be sure you’re safe.

This information was presented by the Colorado real estate specialists of Automated Homefinder.

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