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Beware! Is There Lead Based Paint In Your Home?

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Weekend Warriors BEWARE!

Home and Garden Remodeling - Lead is so harmful that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enacted a law designed to protect us all from inhaling the dust stirred up by repairs and renovations to older structures containing lead-based paint.

If you are a do-it-yourself type, or what is known as a "weekend warrior", making home improvements to your's or assisting other people to make repqirs, then you should be interested in what the EPA is requiring of general contractors working in the field of renovation, repair and paint.

At this writing the law only pertains to commercial renovations. However, the hazard exists for anyone deciding to tear up such a structure or disturb a window or door casing, or other such painted surface.

Do You Have Lead Based Paint in Your Home?

Don't disturb painted surfaces until you read this.

Typically homes built before 1960 are painted with lead based paints. But the bigger truth is that these paints may be in homes built all the way up until 1978.

The hazards of lead paint were first addressed in the 1960's and 1970's, but it wasn't until 1978 that the paint was outlawed for use in residential construction. Then in the late 1980's the hazards were addressed further than just suggesting homeowners paint over the existing finishes.

Now with renovation and repair being a first choice for many home owner's, the previously dealt with problem can mean even bigger problems.

Find out more about the history of lead paint legislation here.

The RRP Law

Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

The RRP Law is a rule issued by the Enivronmental Protection Agency (EPA) that requires all kinds of general contractors to use safe practices when working on identified structures.

These actions were designed to protect against poisoning--protection for those homeowners or businesses occupying the resulting renovation and for the contractors working on the project.

What Does the RRP Require?

The rule requires contractors to use lead-safe work practices as outlined by the EPA and to follow these three simple guidelines:

  • Contain the area being worked on
  • Minimize the dust
  • Clean up thoroughly during and after completion of the work

Search the EPA website for details and more information.

What Home Owners Need to Know

Just because the rule does not apply to a home owner, doesn't mean you and your family cannot be harmed.

Find out more about how to protect yourself while doing home renovations by reading this online pamphlet from the's called The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right.

You can also contact the National Lead Information Center by calling 1-800-424-LEAD or 1-800-424-5323. Ask for information on ways to work safely in a home with lead-based paint.

If You Own Investment Properties

If you own investment and rental properties, you know about the EPA ruling when making repairs and renovations and when painting the properties. Find out what you need to do to follow the ruling by visiting the EPA website.

If you own investment properties AND you perform repairs and renovations on those properties you MUST take the training on lead paint work safety and you MUST keep records to prove you and anyone working with you have been trained.

You can also receive training on how to handle lead paint renovations and repairs through HUD.

What Renters Should Know

Renters and tenants should know their rights before a renovation project takes place in their rental unit or building.

Before beginning a renovation in any residential building built before 1978, the property owner or the contractor is required to have all tenants sign a pre-renovation disclosure form. The form indicates that the tenant has received the Renovate Right lead hazard information pamphlet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on this important message on lead paint being honored on the 2012 Earth Day Monster Board as one of the best of Squidoo!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Very important information. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Earthday and what is wrong with our planet earth, Hugs.

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      KateHonebrink 6 years ago

      My husband and I have been interior house painters for almost 30 years. We've purchased and renovated nine homes, most of which were built before 1960, so chances are great they all contained lead paint to one degree or another. We have always taken precautionary measures to protect ourselves while working on our projects and will continue to do so. Great information in this lens! Thanks for doing such a nice job with it!!