Hosting Parties during the Holidays

During the holiday season, I adore hosting parties at my home. I always enjoy spending time with close friends and family members in a relaxed atmosphere. Are you already busily planning upcoming events at your home? Consider making your house look amazing when visitors arrive by hiring a professional cleaning service. A cleaning service can complete tedious chores such as vacuuming your carpets, mopping your hardwood floors, cleaning your oven, and dusting your furniture. On this blog, I hope you will discover the benefits of hiring a cleaning service before your guests are expected to arrive. Your home can be a spotless party paradise.

Does Your Home Have Lead Paint? How To Know And What To Do About It


Your home might have lead-based paint if it was erected before 1978 when the United States government banned its use. Prior to that date, nearly all interior house paint contained harmful lead because it hadn't yet been identified as a danger.

Lead Is Harmful to Your Family

Lead-based paint is a health hazard for your family. As the old paint ages and flakes off, the flakes introduce lead into your home's dust. When you and your children inhale the lead dust, it gets into your lungs.

Lead exposure has been proven to cause a wide variety of issues ranging from intellectual disabilities to organ damage.

How to Know if Your Home Has Lead-Based Paint

If your home was built after 1978, it is very unlikely to contain any lead-based paint. The only way this could be possible is if a previous homeowner painted with old paint they had lying around in the garage.

You can easily test it for lead paint regardless of when your home was built. Lead inspection and testing can be done by a professional contractor or by utilizing DIY lead testing kits available online and at your local hardware store.

DIY Lead Testing Kits for Homeowners

While a DIY lead test will accurately tell you if a particular wall in your home was painted with lead-based paint, that is all it will tell you. It doesn't give you any information about other surfaces in the house or address risk. For these things, you will need a professional lead inspection and risk assessment.

Professional Lead Inspection and Risk Assessment

When professionals inspect your home for lead, they will generate a report detailing which surfaces are contaminated and which are not. This gives you a roadmap of where to start for lead remediation projects. It also identifies areas to be mindful of lead contamination when remodeling. 

An optional lead risk assessment is a report detailing where lead is located in your home, how much risk it poses, and what you should do to eliminate the threat.

Buying, Renovating, or Painting a Home Built Pre-1978

Lastly, it's crucial to mention that before you purchase, renovate, or paint a home built pre-1978 that could have lead-based paint, you must have a professional lead inspection completed by a licensed contractor.

When it comes to lead contamination, this is not something you want to ignore or assume isn't a problem. Lead inspections are inexpensive and very necessary. 

For more info about lead inspections, contact a local company. 


28 December 2022