When Should You Be Concerned With Lead Paint in Your NYC Apartment? Protect Your Family With These Tips

In the past, lead-based paint was used to reduce drying times and resist moisture. It was only known to be discovered later for causing harmful effects. So what does this mean for you if your apartment was built before 1978?

Your NYC apartment must be assessed to determine if lead-based paint is present. The chance of your apartment building containing lead paint if it was built before 1978 is high, but it may still be present even if it was built after 1978. As you continue to read, we’ll discuss tips you can take to protect your family from lead paint. 

Should You Be Concerned With Lead Paint in Your NYC Apartment? Protect Your Family With These Tips

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Hazards Caused By Lead-Based Paint in NYC Apartments

In New York City, lead-based paint is a common problem in apartments with young children. That is why in August 2020, NYC Local Law 31 was enacted to require apartment building owners to use a certified agency to inspect for lead-based paint.

A lead-based paint hazard is a hazard that is found on a deteriorated surface that is accessible. A lead-based paint hazard depends on the condition of the surface and where it’s located. According to the NYC Department of Housing, these are the common lead-based paint hazards:

  • Peeling or chipping paint
  • Dust from lead-based paint that is deteriorated
  • Lead paint on rotted wood
  • Lead paint located on doors, window frames or window sills
  • Lead paint found on surfaces accessible by children

High-Risk Surfaces

A surface in any area of an NYC apartment where lead paint is found and more likely to deteriorate is considered a high-risk surface. Over the years, many apartment owners have painted over old paint considered “safe.” This is another reason why NYC apartment building owners must have an XRF Inspection by a certified agency. 

The Dangers of Lead-Based Paint Hazards

Exposure to lead-based paint hazards could cause several health problems. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may suffer from lead poisoning.

  • Stomachaches
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches


To reduce your chances of lead paint exposure in older NYC apartment buildings, you can have the surfaces inspected in your unit. Before renovating or repairing, you should consult a certified lead professional

When Should You Be Worried About  Lead-Based Paint?

You should be worried about lead-based paint if you notice the paint is chipping, peeling, or cracking. This type of paint can be hazardous when it contains traces of lead. Lead paint is hazardous to children under the age of six and to pregnant women. 

Apartment Buildings Built Before 1978

In 1978, lead-based paint was federally banned in apartment buildings, offices, and other properties. Federal law requires apartment building owners to notify renters of potential lead risks. In addition, if you’re living in an apartment with a child under six, you’ll need to tell your landlord.

NYC’s Local Law 31 requires owners to have an annual lead inspection for chipping paint and other present hazards in apartments with young children.

Apartment Buildings Built After 1978

If your NYC apartment building was built after 1978, there still may be potential risks for lead paint to be present. Even after 1978, when lead paint was federally banned, buildings continued to use it. Some NYC apartment buildings built after 1978 can have lead paint present.

Even though lead paint exposure is less likely in NYC apartment buildings built after 1978, you should still have your landlord have a certified lead inspection if you suspect lead poisoning. 

Where Can You Find Lead Paint?

According to the CDC, widespread lead paint can be found in contaminated dust. Lead paint has the potential to be located on floors, doors, windows, porches, walls, and stairways. Children under six have more chance for lead exposure, especially babies and toddlers who chew on surfaces such as window sills. 

How Can Lead-Based Paint Affect Children?

According to the CDC, lead exposure is expected in 6% of children of all ages and shows lead levels in the toxic range. Children under six are the most at risk because their bodies are still developing, and their nervous systems are more sensitive to lead exposure.

Exposure to lead can affect a child’s brain development and behavior. When children are exposed to small amounts of lead, this may cause hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and irritability. Children with high amounts of lead exposure may cause brain damage.

Contact a specific lead inspection team immediately if you suspect or notice signs of lead poisoning. Other effects of lead poisoning in children include:

  • Anemia
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hearing loss
  • Developmental delays

How Does Lead Paint Make its Way into Your Body?

Possible ways that lead can make its way inside your body are

  • Ingestion of lead-contaminated surfaces such as walls, floors, doors, and window sills.
  • Inhalation of lead-containing particles in dust
  • Ingestion of foods with lead in soil or water.

To protect your body from the harmful effects of lead poisoning, you can eat the following foods:

  • Foods low in fat
  • Foods high in iron: (pork, fish, chicken, beans, eggs, and dark green veggies)
  • Foods high in calcium: (milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy veggies, spinach)
  • Foods that are high in vitamin C: (oranges, tomatoes, green peppers)

Tips to Protect Your NYC Apartment from Lead Hazards

Taking these simple precautions can help protect your NYC apartment from lead hazards.

  • Wash your hands and toys: To help reduce the transfer from hand to mouth of lead-contaminated dust or soul, practice proper hand washing and wash your children’s toys regularly.
  • Clean dusty surfaces: Make sure you clean your floors and wipe furniture and surfaces, including window sills and tabletops.
  • Keep your apartment well-maintained: If it has lead-based paint, you should regularly inspect it for peeling or chipping paint. 


Why You Should Contact Exit Mold if You Have Lead Paint in Your NYC Apartment

Our team at Exit Mold uses XRF analyzers to test for lead paint in your NYC apartment. We can determine the amount and presence of concentration of lead that is found in layers of paint. Quick detection will ensure the safety and health of the people in your apartment.

The Process of our XRF Lead Testing includes

  • XRF Lead Test: detects the presence of lead.
  • Analysis Reporting of Lead Levels: Use software to provide a detailed analysis within 24 hours
  • Lead Abatement Solutions: Our team will provide customized solutions to remove hazardous lead paint. 

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