Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting
Information for Homeowners, Contractors, Landlords and Tenants
Some renovation and remodeling activities can increase the risk of lead exposure. Homes built before 1978 contain lead-based paint, often under newer paint. If you disturb the painted surface with a repair project or are planning to renovate or remodel an older home, it's important to do the job safely. Lead paint dust or chips can cause serious health problems. Children and pregnant women are at highest risk.
Seal off the work area with plastic sheeting and always wet sand or wet scrape the paint. When surfaces are wet, dust levels and fumes are low. Clean up thoroughly. Children and pregnant women should stay away from work areas until the area is clean.
Learn more about how to do repairs and renovations in a lead-safe way with the materials below.
Reducing Lead Hazards During Remodeling
- Tips for Contractors
- What Homeowners Need to Know about Removing Lead-Based Paint
- Encapsulants: A Technique to Control Lead Paint Hazards
- Contractors: Lead Safety During Renovation (EPA)
- Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (EPA)
- Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right (EPA)
- RRP: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (EPA)
- For additional questions contact the Environmental Health Infoline: 1-800-458-1158; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lead Hotline - The National Lead Information Center