A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications.

Things you need to know

Lead was used in paint in buildings prior to 1978, and if exposed lead paint remains, it must be removed by trained professionals due to its high toxicity. Traces of lead can also leach from lead pipes into drinking water and can be found in soil near the home.

Also known as

Pb (chemical symbol)

Cost Considerations

The average cost for lead paint abatement ranges from $8 to $15 per sq. ft. Encapsulation is also an option, and is 80% cheaper, however encapsulation does not actually remove the lead paint, and it may eventually become exposed again.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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