Lead Paint Testing in Your Household
Quick response, detailed reports, and guidance for lead testing violations.
- Do you need a lead-based paint inspection before you buy a home or building?
- Are you looking for the peace of mind that comes from knowing where you live is safe for children?
LeadSafe Environmental Services provides high-quality testing and will tell you what to do if lead violations are found–even on short notice.
Quick Response and Effective Solutions
We can schedule inspections within 48 hours, offer deleading advice and walk you through the process for compliance with the lead laws for your state. We provide clients with guides and referrals to deleading contractors, then return and conduct clearance inspections at the end of the job. In most cases, we advise clients to take courses so that they can do minor deleading work themselves and offer suggestions on how to treat each violation.
What Makes for a Good Inspection? Thoroughness and Expertise
Lead paint testing in your home involves more than just determining if lead paint is present. A good inspection also assesses the condition of the paint; its likelihood to generate lead dust through impact or friction with another surface; and, most of all, whether all of these conditions pose a significant hazard to children.
The process starts with a meticulous and very comprehensive inspection of all painted building components in every room of the home and also on the building’s exterior. This means testing walls, ceilings, doors, windows, baseboards, closets, cabinets and any other miscellaneous surfaces. Some components are broken down into numerous sub-parts like windows, which have 10 separate components to be tested. A thorough inspection can take 3 hours or more on an average size home.
XRF Lead Analyzer: The Best Equipment
The actual testing is done using a portable X-Ray instrument called an X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer (XRF). The XRF is considered the best field testing method available to inspectors today. It offers the accuracy of x-ray technology, speed (most readings take less than 5 seconds) and causes no damage. The XRF measures the weight of lead and provides the inspector with a digital read-out that can be compared to an acceptable standard. In this manner an objective determination can be made whether a component contains a dangerous level of lead paint or not.
Lead Testing with Chemicals: Subjective and Error-prone
Another means of testing utilizes a chemical that results in a visible color change. A cut is made into the paint with a razor knife and the chemical is applied. The inspector then determines if a color change occurred, which can be very difficult with dark colored paints, varnishes and on metal surfaces such as radiators.
Although acceptable in some states, chemical tests are widely considered to be subjective and error prone, resulting in both false positive and negative indications. In fact, the Federal government does not recognize them for anything more than a screening tool and does not allow chemical spot tests to be used in any federal housing inspections.
Your LeadSafe Inspection Report: Detailed and Organized
The final inspection report notes where any lead paint was found, the condition of the paint and whether or not violations are present. The report is organized room by room and details what type of violations are present. If there are no violations, then a letter of compliance is issued indicating the home is either “Lead-Safe” or otherwise in compliance with state lead regulations.
Get Advice and Guidance to Handle Violations
If violations are present, LeadSafe Environmental Services will provide the homeowner with advice and guidance on the best or most practical ways to treat the violations. LeadSafe Environmental Services also provides lists of local contractors, resources and training providers. Contact us today!