Lead-Based Paint (LBP) is a term used by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program.

In general, the older the building, the more likely it has lead-based paint. Lead can be found in the paint of homes built before 1978, when the EPA banned lead-based paint from housing. Lead can also be found in the soil surrounding a building with lead-based exterior paint. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Peeling, chipping, chalking or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention. Lead-based paint may also be a hazard if it is found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear.

Some of those areas include:

  • windows & window sill
  • doors and door frames
  • stairs
  • railings
  • banisters
  • porches and fences.