Certified Lead-Based Paint Inspections
We conduct EPA-certified, lead-based paint inspections for residential customers with immediate, on-site results.
The Risks of Lead-Based Paint
Prior to being banned from residential use in 1978, lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes. Exposure to lead is harmful and can cause irreversible damage for both children and adults. Children under six years of age are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead. Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems.
The most common way individuals are exposed to lead is through lead in dust. They may also be exposed from lead in soil or paint chips. Common activities associated with home renovation and repair, such as sanding, cutting, and demolition, create hazardous dust and chips that can contaminate your entire home and put your family at risk.
Determining if You Have Lead-Based Paint
If your home was built prior to 1978, there is a good chance that all or part of your home contains lead-based paint. Prior to beginning any repairs or renovations, you should have your home tested for lead-based paint. Doing so will help you know where you will need to practice lead-safe work practices. Proper work practices will protect you and your family from harmful dust. These practices include containing dust inside the work area, avoiding renovation methods that generate large amounts of dust, and cleaning up thoroughly.
In addition to the risk of lead exposure during renovation, lead paint can be a hazard when found on friction surfaces. Friction surfaces are areas that get a lot of wear and tear such as doors and door jambs; windows and window sills; and stairs, railings, banisters, and porches. There is an elevated risk of exposure to lead-based paint due to the dust that is created when these painted surfaces are “disturbed.” Even if you aren’t planning a major renovation project, a lead-based paint inspection can identify if lead paint is present in your home so you can take proper precautions to protect your family from exposure.
Contractor Responsibility vs. Homeowner Responsibility
The EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule was established to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that are associated with renovation, repair, and painting. Under this federal law, contractors whose work will disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. In order to become certified renovators, individuals must be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider and submit an application to the EPA.
Are you hiring a contractor to handle your home renovation? When selecting a contractor, always ask if the contractor is trained to perform lead-safe work practices and ask to see a copy of their lead-safe training certificate. Ask the contractor to clearly explain what they will do to minimize lead hazards during the work process and how they will ensure a thorough clean-up after the project is complete.
Hire a Certified Professional to Check for Lead-Based Paint
You are ultimately responsible for ensuring the safety of your family. You can protect your family from the dangers of lead-based paint by having your home tested prior to beginning any home repairs or renovations. When you are ready to have your home tested, it is important you hire a certified risk assessor or inspector. Certified risk assessors and inspectors have been properly trained by an EPA-accredited training provider. Their certification means they have been trained to conduct lead-based inspection activities according to reliable, effective, and safe work practice standards.
How is a Lead-Based Paint Inspection Performed?
At C.R.I., Inc. we employ powerful technology to test your home for lead or lead hazards. Through use of the Niton XRF Analyzer, we are able to perform a quick, on-the-spot check for lead with immediate results. The XRF Analyzer measures lead in paint, generally without damaging the paint. Our analysis will determine whether your home has lead-based paint and, if so, where it is located. The technology we employ with the Niton XRF Analyzer is approved by the EPA.
There are some who may use “swab tests” that can be found at the local hardware store. However, these tests are not EPA approved (though they may be marked as “recognized” or “accepted”). These tests are inaccurate and may show false negatives. Relying on this type of test may put your family in danger. To ensure accurate results and keep your family safe, contact C.R.I., Inc. today for an EPA-certified lead-based paint inspection.