Lead Paint Awareness Month – Is Your Louisville KY Home at Risk?

Posted by Sharon Johnson on October 11, 2012  /   Posted in Renovations and Remodels

In honor of National Lead Paint Awareness Month, we wanted to share a quick, resourceful way to consider the presence of lead paint in your Louisville, Kentucky home.

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It is common practice to have ahome inspection completed on a property prior to closing the sale. It is customary to make the buyer aware of any issues from the viewpoint of a licensed professional home inspector. In most cases, the buyer and seller negotiate the repair or remedy of any known issues. Although the presence of?lead-based paint is generally not part of the home inspection, unless requested by the buyer.

Homeowners in Louisville can check their homes for lead paint risk by answering two simple questions posed by the Louisville Public Health department:

1. Was your home built before 1978? ?A majority of homes built before 1978 (especially homes built throughout the 1940s to 1960s), contain lead-based paint, which?can have a dangerous effect on the health of young children (under the age of six) and pregnant women.

2. Do you see walls, furniture, or window sills in your home with?chipping or peeling paint??Lead-based paint is unsafe if it peels, chips, or cracks. Harmful lead dust is created when windows, doors, edges of stairs, rails,?or other lead-based painted surfaces wear away over time.

Many times following a home inspection, homeowners will settle into their new home before assessing the cosmetics of the home and?the intent to remodel or to renovate. ?Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

If you are interested in a a lead paint product to consider, we recommend you check out one that is produced right here in Louisville, Kentucky – LockUp Lead. ?Watch the quick video for a good overview. ?

?For more helpful resources about home inspection services in Louisville, Kentucky, visit our website at www.homemd.com.

 

 

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