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Where Lead is Likely to be a Hazard

With over 20 years of home inspection experience, Building Specs has performed countless lead inspections and our home inspections know where to look right away. Building Specs would like to give you some advice on what signs to look for. Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can't always see, can be serious hazards. The following are signs that you should have a lead inspection performed by a professional.

  • Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention.

  • Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of
    wear-and-tear.

These areas include:

  • Windows and window sills.
  • Doors and door frames.
  • Stairs, railings, and banisters.
  • Porches and fences.


Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard


  • Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it.

  • Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when people bring soil into the house on their shoes. Contact the National Lead Information Center (NLIC) to find out about testing soil for lead.

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