Lead & Asbestos
Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in paint, pipes, and other household materials. In 1978 it became illegal to use lead paint and other products in residential housing. Anyone purchasing an older home should consider testing for lead presence.
Prior to being banned in the late 1970s asbestos containing materials (ACMs) were used in a variety of materials in both residential and commercial construction. Some examples include acoustical tiles, caulking, wall board, drywall mud, “popcorn” ceiling texture, tile adhesives, shingles, roofing felt and tiles, pipe and boiler insulation. Asbestos containing materials are considered a health hazard in homes, offices and schools.