Lead Inspection in Boston, MA
A significant number of homes built prior to 1978 have painted surfaces that contain lead. Lead is a serious health risk for children younger than age six. ASAP Environmental, Inc. assists residents of New England with detecting lead in homes and removing it to keep families safe and to maintain property investments. Lead inspections performed by ASAP Environmental include a formal written report about the scope of the lead present in the home, as well as an outline of steps necessary to remove it. The assistance we provide is always courteous and professional
ASAP Environmental, Inc. offers comprehensive, full-service lead inspections that include a certified risk assessment and removal options with abatement consultation. Clients can also receive a re-inspection to ensure complete compliance with current lead laws. Free information is also available for lead removal financing.
In light of proposed changes to the lead law and the impact these changes will have on the surfaces for deleading purposes, a property owner may want to consider Interim Control. Interim Control is a temporary measure that property owners can take to correct urgent lead hazards, especially peeling or chipping lead paint and lead dust. A licensed person must do the work to bring a property into Interim Control. Interim Control lasts for 2 years with a recertification inspection after the first year. Property owners are not strictly liable under the lead law while a Letter of Interim Control is in effect
Lead hazards exist in many common areas in homes. Windows and doors and their frames are one of the most typical areas where lead exists. Cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms, stairway treads and risers, and interior walls are additional risk areas. Interior casings and parting beads are also areas to inspect. Outside a home, an inspection should include porches, fences, siding, window sills and casings, door casings, garage siding, and garage tri
Other types of lead hazards
LEAD IN DUST: Lead dust can be present from work being done in your home or outside your home. We can provide dust sampling if you are concerned dust in your home has lead in it. Samples for lead in dust is required once deleading work is completed in order to receive compliance.
LEAD IN SOIL: ASAP can take soil samples if you are concerned there could be lead in your soil. Bare soil is tested and the area has to be greater than 9 sq feet in order to take a sample.
LEAD IN WATER: Lead in water can be very harmful to families, as seen by the trouble Flint, Michigan has been having with their water and its high concentration of lead. If you are concerned about lead in your water we can take samples for you. It must be done first thing in the morning since we have to take the first draw of water from a faucet for our samples. We also take 3 samples, the very first draw, 2 minutes after that, and 5 minutes after that. The MA Department of Public Health has put out the following FAQ sheet and Quick tips
LEAD IN GLAZE: The glaze of the tiles in your home can sometimes test very high for lead. As long as the tiles remain intact they are in compliance with the lead law, but when the tile becomes deteriorated and the glaze begins to chip and peel it becomes a hazard.
ASAP Environmental Inc. offers full-service lead inspections, including:
- Certified risk assessment
- Post Compliance Assessment Determinations
- Lead Determinations
- RRP inspections
- Re-inspection for full compliance with lead laws
- Abatement consulting for lead removal options
- FREE information on deleading financing
Lead Hazard Areas:
- Windows and window frames
- Doors and door frames
- Kitchen and bath cabinets
- Stairs, railings, banisters, treads and riser
- Interior walls
- Stair treads and risers
- Interior casings
- Parting beads
- Porches and fences
- Exterior siding
- Exterior window sills, casings, door casings and cellar window frames
- Garage siding and trim
- US EPA: Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil
- CLPPP: Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program's database for lead inspected homes
- DLS: Division of Labor Standards Lead Program
- Get the Lead Out Program
- Boston Healthy Homes and Healthy Schools. (BHHSC is a program in Health Resources in Action's Environmental Health Department and conducts its work by focusing on health conditions directly related to environmental hazards – specifically asthma and lead poisoning.
- Homeowner Pack
- Sample lead report