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Common Questions

Why do we use LEAD in products?

Lead is put into products for many reasons:

  • Lead will not crack easily with temperature, weather, or time.​

  • Lead helps paint to bind with painted materials.

  • Lead is mold and mildew resistant.

  • Lead has been used in plumbing as as a solder for copper pipes. 

Why is LEAD dangerous?

Exposure to lead can be dangerous, and sometimes deadly. When inhaled as dust or fumes, lead poisoning can create health issues. Such as: 

  • Male and female reproductive issues;

  • Premature births and birth defects;

  • Behavioral and learning issues in children;

  • Risk of heart attack, kidney disease and stroke.

Why do I need to test for LEAD in my home?

Any home built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint ("LBP"). Even though your home may have been remodeled and repainted, LBP may still exist under all the layers of paint. When the painted surface is broken, ex. opening and shutting older windows, it is possible for LBP to come to the surface as dust or other particles.

You should have a Lead Inspector assess the levels of LEAD that exist via a Lead Inspection. Especially, if you have children under 7 in the home.

I own rental property, what is my requirement?

Depending on your jurisdictions, you may be required to assess and report the findings to local government, and the prospective renter of the property. Title X of the Environmental Protection Agency, developed in 1992, requires that prospective buyers and renters be informed about potential LEAD hazards.

The State of Maryland and the District of Columbia both require dust sampling and paint inspector before a new tenant occupies the property. 

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