Looking to save some cash and do that remodel yourself? If you are planning on renovating part of your home, please know that renovation work is the major cause of lead poisoning today. While adults are less susceptible to the effects, children or pregnant mothers in the house can be easily exposed if the proper procedures for lead paint handling aren't used. Find out the facts about your home and what can be done to safely complete your project!
Make sure you're being safe and get that old paint checked out before you start chipping or sanding. When lead is disturbed it can become available to young children through ingestion or inhalation. If you have kids under 6 or a pregnant mom in the house, its imperative to get it a lead test.
Also, understand your rights as a homeowner to get those jobs done. The EPA/HUD have carved out an exclusion in their lead abatement policies for you.