Lead, (Pb on the Periodic Table from Chemistry 1A), has been an integral part of human existence for thousands of years. It has been very useful and instrumental in the development of plumbing, waste disposal, and water diversion systems from early civilizations.
Most importantly lead-based paint was used prolifically up until 1978 to paint the homes, dwellings, and buildings of the United States. It is estimated that 38 million homes in our country have some form of lead-based paint in the interior or exterior. Although lead has helped advance our human cause it has also presented hazardous health side effects which required laws restricting its use and requiring disclosures.
Property managers, landlords, and owners who rent for a fee must be aware of the requirements set forth by State and Federal Law before renting, leasing or even selling a property built prior to 1978.