Lead FAQs

Questions about lead? From lead sampling to lead testing and removal, here is our list of frequently asked questions about lead. If you have additional questions about lead, feel free to call us at (503) 659-8338 or send us a message. Please click the question to drop down to the answer.

 

  1.  What are the most common places to find lead?
  2.  What household items may contain lead?
  3.  How to identify lead paint?
  4.  When did they stop using lead paint?
  5.  What are the dangers of lead paint?
  6.  How do I take a sample of lead paint?
  7.  How do you remove lead paint?
  8.  Is lead in drinking water common?
  9.  How do you test for lead in tap water?
  10.  Can I paint over lead paint?

What are the most common places to find lead?

Some common places where lead is found are in paint and water. Lead can also be found in contaminated dust and dirt, industrial and automotive emissions.

 

What household items may contain lead?

Household items that may contain lead are interior paint, paint on older furniture, the glaze in older ceramics, the paint in some toy imports, and older pipes and fittings drinking water may run through.

 

How to identify lead paint?

Some ways you can identify lead paint are visual. Lead paint often chips or cracks in a scaly, geometric pattern. Lead paint also tends to rub off with a chalky residue. For further identification and clarification it’s good to have the paint in question tested by a laboratory.

 

When did they stop using lead paint?

Lead paint in housing was banned in 1978, and it was more common in housing in the pre-1950s. Lead can still be used in industrial paint, but at much lower levels then they had been.

 

What are the dangers of lead paint?

The health effects of lead are many and severe. Three significant areas of danger are the central and peripheral nervous system, the cardiovascular system, and the kidneys. High conentration lead exposure can cause developmental issues in the brain, convulsions, coma, and death.

 

How do I take a sample of lead paint?

Always be careful when obtaining a sample of any suspect hazardous material. For instructions on how to get a paint sample, please view our how to take a lead sample page.

 

How do you remove lead paint?

If you have lead paint and want to remove it, it’s best that the removal is done by professionals. It’s not just removing paint, but containing all of the paint dust released into the air during the removal process. If you have any questions about this process, give us a call: (503) 659-8338​.

 

Is lead in drinking water common?

Drinking water in the United States is regulated tightly. Lead can still be found in our drinking water when the water has contact with these things: lead-containing solder, service lines, plumbing components, and old lead pipes. The maximum amount of lead allowed is 0.25% across wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures, and 0.2% for solder and flux.

 

How do you test for lead in tap water?

If you have concerns about your water than have it tested for lead. Call JSE for an appropriate sampling container and to speak with a consultant for instructions.

 

Can I paint over lead paint?

You can paint over lead-based paint, and it’s best to have a professional come out to your home and do it for you. Remember this is only a temporary measure.

 

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