Lead was used in many different ways in the past. It can be found in pipes where it was used both in joints, as well as, to make the pipes themselves. It was also used in paint to make its color beautiful and make it hold up better to wear and tear, even resisting damage from water.
What people didn’t know when they were using lead based building materials was the harmful effects that lead can have on the human body, causing birth defects, neurological damage and being especially harmful to children.
If you live in an older home, you should have your water tested for lead to make sure that there isn’t any in your pipes. You should also check the paint on your walls. It can often be recognized by a leathery, flaky look when it is getting old. If you have lead paint in your home, you should consult a professional to have it removed, since disturbing the paint could release particles in the air that can be inhaled.