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Nreichel57, Renter in Belleville, IL

Anything to be a concern for a family with children under 10 yrs. old?

Asked by Nreichel57, Belleville, IL Sat Jan 19, 2013

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You may want to consider having the paint tested for lead. Lead was added to paint until about 1978; it makes the paint taste 'sweet' and the potential effects on children are serious. I don't recommend the DIY tests you can buy at hardware stores; environmental companies and some inspectors use an x-ray type instrument that is much more accurate and "sees" through multiple layers of paint. If the lead-containing layer is beneath a coat layer of latex it will pose less harm of flaking/peeling. (No, I don't sell testing for a living!)
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