Lead Based Paint Testing – Home Inspector
Lead Based Paint Testing
Lead Based Paint Inspection
Precision will provide an accredited and licensed Lead Based Paint Inspector / Risk Assessor. The inspector will visually identify suspect Lead Based Paint (LBP) inside and outside the property. Samples will be taken using an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer or surface (paint chip, wipe) samples to identify LBP. The sampling strategy will be in general accordance with the Housing and Urban Development Guidelines for Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing. Laboratory analysis will be conducted by a laboratory that is in a National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP). NLLAP is a Federal EPA recognized program and the industry standard.
Inspections for Lead-Based Paint
While painting over damaged surfaces, cleaning and minimizing soil in your yard by planting grass can help decrease the risk of lead poisoning, it is only a temporary solution. A certified professional, such as Precision Environmental Services will help to completely eliminate any threat to your family from lead-based paint.If you need help determining if lead poses a threat to your family, and making a plan to remove it, contact Precision Environmental Services at 940-597-2673.
Chip Away the Dangers of Lead-Based Paint with a Professional Paint Inspection
One of the easiest ways to give your home a new look is to paint. Before you do though, it is important to know if there is a hidden danger lurking beneath the surface of the paint on your home. If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance lead paint. Classified as a toxic metal, lead could pose a threat to you, and especially children living in the home.
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Should I be concerned about lead based paints?
Lead is a highly toxic metal that can lead to a number of serious health problems, especially in young children. Often accidentally ingested or inhaled by curious kids, lead can cause damage to the brain and other internal organs.
In high levels, lead has been linked to some of these conditions in children:
- Bone marrow issues
- Hearing impairment
- Damage to Nerves
- Slowed growth
- Kidney damage
Lead exposure has also been known to cause behavioral and learning problems, as well as seizures. But children are not the only ones vulnerable to dangers of lead exposure. Adults can experience health issues associated with lead after repeated or long-term exposure, including:
- Muscle and join pain
- Kidney damage
- Memory loss and issues focusing
- High blood pressure
- Damage to ears and eyes
- Fertility problems in both men and women
Pregnant women also need to be cautious around lead exposure, as the toxic metal can pass through the mother’s system to her unborn child. That can lead to a variety of health conditions, including premature birth.
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When should I have my home inspected for lead based paints?
Lead inspection – If the lead paint in your home has not been damaged, there is little cause for concern. However, lead paint that has been damaged or is beginning to deteriorate can leave dust and flakes containing the toxic material.
You should also have your home inspected for lead if any of the following apply:
- You live in a home that was built before 1978, when lead was used in paints to improve coverage and durability
- You are planning for renovation of your home, which could lead to disturbing paints containing lead
- You are buying or renting a home, and plan to have young children in the home
- Your child has been diagnosed with lead poisoning, and you are concerned for your family, pets and visitors
The only way to truly know if lead paint hazard is present in your home is to have an inspection. A professional inspection can help you identify if lead paint is present on any surface inside or outside of your home.
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What can I expect from a lead-based paint inspection?
If you are concerned about lead-based paint in your home, hiring a professional is the most accurate way to ensure your family is safe from lead poisoning. There are two ways certified lead paint inspectors can help you identify lead-based paint problems in your home: inspection and risk assessment.
Lead-Based Paint Inspection
An inspection will help determine if there are surfaces in your home with lead-based paint. This is good information to have if you are planning to do some home upgrades, especially if it involves disturbing old paint.
You can expect an inspector to look closely at all painted surfaces both inside and outside of your home. Samples will then be collected and analyzed for lead levels. The inspector’s report will tell exactly which surfaces contain lead, but not if the paint has been compromised exposing you to lead.
A lead risk assessment will give you a better understanding of what kind of danger lead-based paint could be causing in your home. A risk assessment examines places where lead based paint is deteriorating, as well as household dust from floors and windows. They may also collect paint chip samples from the outside of your home around the foundation and in areas where children play.
This test report will give tell you exactly where lead contamination is posing a health exposure risk in your home and define ways that you can fix them.
While you can choose to have an lead inspection or risk assessment, many people choose a combination of both for lead awareness so learn about what lead abatement will need to be done.
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What if lead paint is found in my home?
Once you have had an lead based paint inspection and/or lead based paint risk assessment performed on your home, the testing results will tell you if there is lead present in the home and where it is. After that, you will need to make important decisions about how to take care of the lead contamination problem.
Lead Inspection – Abatement
Lead abatement is a process which will permanently remove lead-based paint hazards from your home. Specialized techniques mean you will need a professional to do the lead abatement work. The Environmental Protection Agency has specific guidelines about who can perform lead abatement projects, and they must be certified and follow strict guidelines.
Lead Paint Removal
There are a number of ways you can help protect your family from the dangers of lead-based paint contamination until the issue is resolved.
- Clean up and remove any paint chips and dust
- Maintain lead free clean areas for children to play
- Keep a watchful eye that children are not putting their mouths on painted surfaces or eating paint chips
- Remove dust from surfaces in your home on a regular basis, using warm water and being sure to thoroughly clean mops or sponges after you use them
- Leave your shoes outside to prevent yourself from tracking lead dust from the soil into your home
- If you are a renter, report the findings to your landlord so they can make the necessary repairs or do lead abatement
Children’s diet and lead exposure
A healthy diet will also keep you and young children safe. The Environmental Protection Agency says that children who eat well-balanced meals absorb less lead. There are more steps you can take to protect young children from the hazards of lead-based paint:
- If your child is between the ages of 1 and 2, have the lead levels in their blood tested
- Practice good hygiene, like frequent hand washing, with children to reduce exposure to dust
- Regularly wash children’s toys
- When drinking or cooking, use cold tap water to avoid lead
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