Lead is a poisonous metal that was used in building construction and in the making of other household paints prior to 1978. Even though its use has been banned, lead still remains a hazard in many places. When something with lead in it starts to deteriorate, it becomes dust, which is poisonous if you breathe it or eat it.
Lead can be found on painted surfaces inside and outside of the dwelling. Lead is usually found in: •Window sills •Window frames •Door Frames •Door jambs •Railings •Soil •Steps
Houses & Apartment Units built before 1950 have the highest risk for lead hazards. Buildings that were built before 1978 are also at risk for lead hazards.
Always look for signs of lead hazards. What to look for:
•Chipping, peeling paint
•Doors or windows that rub when you try to open them
•Paint chips in window wells, on the floor or porch, or on soil
•If your rental unit was built before 1950 all Landlords & Property Management Companies must provide tenants their copy of the Lead Certificate before they move in. A new certificate must be issued to every new tenant that moves in.
Listed are some general cleaning tips to help clean areas before the Lead Test.
•Wipe down window wells, sills & trim several times using a paper towel or sponge that has been dipped in warm soapy solution.
•Change your solution / water from room to room. Never use the same water or cleaning solution bucket.
•For Tile & Hardwood flooring use a damp mop or lightly sweep w/ a damp broom 2-4 times. (each time using fresh clean solution / water).
•For Carpeted Floors vacuum w/ a HEPA Vacuum