Originally Posted By: jpeck
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This is what we tell them when they call and are buying an older home, and ask about lead based paint.
"That house has lead based paint.", pause, "Now, can we charge you for telling you that house has lead based paint?"
Then we continue with all the other things, like: the glaze on the tile usually has more lead in it that the lead based paint, and you should be more concerned about abraded surfaces like floors than non-abraded surfaces like walls; finished wood work has lead in the finishes (still talking about older homes here); and what about the lead solder used in the plumbing pipes?; and what about ... then we tell them that if they are worried about lead in building material, don't buy an older home, and don't visit friends who have older homes.
They get the idea. Do not worry too much about lead based paint.
Then, just to cover ourselves, we tell them that if they are concerned about lead poisoning, get everyone in the family tested for lead levels before moving in, then at regular intervals afterward, until they either see a problem developing, or feel comfortable with not feeling a need to test anymore.
Testing after you've been in a house for 5 years does no good, what was you lead level BEFORE you moved in? Don't know. Then you have nothing to compare it to.