(Closed) Deleading your home

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

How old of a house are you looking at? Lead paint has been banned since the late 1970’s. So if you buy a newer house you’re ok. If you’re still worried, you can have the soil tested.

Post # 5
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

The biggest risk comes from ingesting lead paint chips or dust. So you really only have to worry about yourself if you are sanding down lead paint. For children, they tend to eat the paint chips when the paint is chipping and they pick up the chips and eat them, or if they are teething and their crib/toys/window sills/etc have lead paint and they chew on them.

So you can minimize the risk by wearing a mask and cleaning up well when you sand, preventing children from chewing on lead painted surfaces, and making sure to maintain painted surfaces so they don’t chip.

Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hi we bought a house that was built in 1900! Suffice it to say, it has lead paint like woah. According to the government, you can just paint over areas with lead paint and it will seal it in making it safe. Since we have so much painted wood, like on bottoms of walls and top (crown-molding…spelling?) we are just going to paint over it. You’re supposed to scrape off any peeling/flaking parts though. We are going to replace the windows at some point because that is the most likely area where kids can get lead poisoning because the windows slide up and down causing lead dust and chipping. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions and Good luck on the house hunt!

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