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Lead Paint Testing/Lead Detection
Lead-based paint was used extensively in homes throughout the United States until it was banned in 1978. Even homes where the window frames and baseboards have been re-painted can pose a risk when that paint chips, revealing the layer underneath, or when the trim is sanded, creating lead dust. Testing for lead paint is relatively simple, but best left to a professional. A risk assessment generally follows the testing.
Any home that was constructed prior to 1978 should be tested for lead paint, especially if there are small children or pregnant women in the home, or if you are planning to remodel. Children can ingest lead paint chips or breathe in dust from sanding or remodeling work, leading to brain damage, nervous system damage and/or behavioral issues.