Lead Facts for Inspectors
by Nick Gromicko
The use of lead in the building of dwellings dates all the way back to the Romans and even then they knew it was not safe. Before 1955 it still made up to 50% of the contents of paint and it was finally banned in residential homes in 1978. It can be difficult to spot the symptoms of lead poisoning because the systems are often thought to be from other ailments, the best way to confirm lead poisoning is with a blood test. While old paint is the biggest concern for homeowners with older homes, one should also verify that their plumbing is not made of lead.