Lead used to be a common ingredient in paint. Why? Because it increased the paint’s durability and longevity. It wasn’t until the mid-1900s that we discovered the health hazards of lead paint and banned its use on residential homes and non-industrial goods.
But just because lead is banned doesn’t mean that it’s no longer a problem. There are a shocking number of misconceptions about lead paint in homes. Read about some surprisingly common myths about lead paint ahead.
Lead Paint Isn’t Used Anymore
Just because lead paint was banned doesn’t mean that every home is lead-free. Many homes built before 1978 still contain traces of lead. Is your home on the older side? It’s better to be safe than sorry and have the interior and exterior paint tested for lead.
Undamaged Lead Paint Isn’t Dangerous
Another surprisingly common myth about lead paint is that it’s only dangerous when it’s damaged or deteriorated, but the truth is that even normal wear-and-tear can cause lead dust to enter the air and contaminate your home. Of course, the more worn-down lead paint is, the more dust it emits, but even small amounts of lead can lead to serious health problems.
Lead Paint Is Easy To Identify
Some people claim you can tell whether you have lead paint based on the appearance of your walls. This would be convenient, but unfortunately, it isn’t true.
Lead paint has a distinctive look that differentiates it from normal paint, so this claim isn’t completely false. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most homes have been repainted at least once since the 1970s. This means that lead paint is usually concealed by several layers of non-lead paint, making it impossible to determine whether you have lead paint in your home with a glance.
If you suspect your home has lead paint, hire a professional to conduct a test using specialized tools.
You Can Remove Lead Paint Yourself
Can you technically remove lead paint by yourself? Yes. Should you remove lead paint by yourself? Probably not. If you attempt to remove it yourself, you could accidentally expose yourself to lead dust and make yourself sick. You could also miss a few spots and fail to completely remove the lead.
A professional lead paint contractor, on the other hand, will have access to the best safety equipment and removal tools to efficiently remove every last bit of it from your home.
Do you have lead in your home and aren’t sure what to do about it? JK Paint and Contracting is a licensed and EPA-certified lead paint removal contractor in Portland, Oregon. Count on us to remove every trace of lead paint in your home and make it safe to live in again. Contact us today for more information about our lead removal services!