It seems like I am always contradicting, but what the lead guys say is not always right. Ours performed tests as did yours, but some were wrong. Our floors were painted- peeling in places, even, and he only did a dust wipe because 'interior paint was rarely lead'. But the count came back so high (5500)- that's AFTER lead cleaning and hepa vacuuming 2-3 times, that he said he should have done a paint chip sample. By the time the test came back, we were out of the place, and couldn't get back in to test it. Our landlords owned a floor refinishing company, so of course we thought they would have checked it for lead. And we had a window come back negative, but he was certain it must have had lead. He said it was perhaps a lab mistake, or a sampling mistake. Also, people do dumb things with paint. Like use the kind they're not supposed to (ala, honey, that's the paint for outside the house, or, one of my friends has a drunk handyman- as I'm sure there others, historically). So, even if people didn't use lead paint inside, according to the experts, actually, some of them did. However, I agree with Catskillmama, I wouldn't desert an old house for a lead level as low as some you all are dealing with. But, I was born before 1978 and grew up in an old house. I just love them.
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10/28/05 at 7:36pm