There are a few building materials from the past that aren’t used anymore. This is usually because there is something better that has been introduced, but in some cases, it is because the material is dangerous to your health. This is the case when it comes to lead. This metal has been known to cause neurological issues, especially so in young people, so it is something that you should be very careful with. Its main use was in paint to improve on the colors, and in pipes to make them easier to shape and seal.
So what should you as a homeowner do if you suspect that you have lead in your home? The first thing to do is to get confirmation. Lead pipes can be recognized by how easy they are to scratch with a sharp object. Lead paint will flake in a scaly manner. Of course, when it gets to that point, you are probably thinking that the easiest way to get rid of it is just to sand it down and paint over it, but this is the last thing you should do. Lead paint that is sanded will create airborne lead particles that can be inhaled. It is best to have a professional deal with the removal if at all possible, but if not, you should wear proper protective gear and have the room sealed off so the particles won’t travel.