Lead Paint in Old Homes

Lead paint was used extensively in homes until the late 1970s. Lead was used as an additive to paint
to increase durability and drying speeds and to resist moisture and deterioration. However, soon people
began to realize the negative health consequences of lead exposure and lead paint was subsequently banned
for domestic use.

Regardless of this ban, lead paint still exists in many older homes. Before you start your home renovation
project, take precautionary steps to ensure that you do not put yourself or your family at a dangerous

Common Sources of Lead Paint

Lead paint was commonly used on interior and exterior surfaces, including:

  • Interior walls
  • Staircase railings
  • Stairs
  • Doors
  • Floor trim
  • Windowsills
  • Porches
  • Exterior painted surfaces
  • Interior woodwork

If your house was built before 1978, it is likely that lead paint exists somewhere in your home. Lead
particles are harmful if inhaled or ingested, especially by young children who are still developing.

The risk of exposure to lead increases when buildings are deteriorating and paint is peeling, or if
lead paint is improperly removed or handled. If your home is in disrepair, you should consider contacting
a professional who is licensed in lead-based paint removal methods to properly seal or remove the paint
without putting anyone at risk for high levels of exposure.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has suffered medical consequences because of lead exposure, you may be eligible
to receive compensation from the party responsible for your suffering. The Appleton lead exposure
of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you explore your legal options.
our offices today at 800-242-2874.