A significant number of homes built prior to 1978 have painted surfaces that contain lead. Lead is a chemical element that poses a serious health risk to children, especially those younger than the age of six. ASAP Environmental, Inc. offers home lead inspections to residents in New England, helping them to keep their families and properties safe.
Our comprehensive, full-service lead inspections include a formal written report. We also provide our client with information regarding deleading they can do as the owners and deleading contractors they can call to complete the removal process. A reinspection by a licensed inspector is required for compliance, and ASAP Environmental Inc. can perform that reinspection for you and issue the compliance. We also offer RRP inspections to ensure compliance with the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule.
In light of proposed changes to lead laws and the impact these changes will have on deleading, property owners may want to consider Interim Control. Interim Control is a temporary measure that can be used to correct urgent lead hazards, such as peeling or chipping lead paint and lead dust. This process, which must be completed by a licensed professional, lasts for two 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 usually exist in the common areas of contaminated homes. This includes windows and doors, as well as their frames. Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, interior casings, parting beads, stairway treads, stairway risers, railings, banisters, baseboards, and interior walls are additional risk areas. For the home exterior, an inspection should include porches, fences, siding, window sills and casings, door casings, garage siding, and garage trim.
Other Types of Lead Hazards
- Lead in Dust: Lead dust can occur as a result of interior and exterior home projects. If you are concerned about lead dust, we can provide you with dust samplings. Lead dust sampling is required once deleading work is completed in order to be in compliance.
- Lead in Soil: We can also take soil samples if you are concerned that lead could be in your soil. In order to test the bare soil, the area must be greater than nine square feet.
- Lead in Water: As seen in Flint, Michigan, high concentrations of lead in water can be harmful to families and individuals. To test lead levels, we will take samples first thing in the morning to ensure that we take the first draw of water from the faucet. We will take three samples total—one at the very first draw, again two minutes later, and then five minutes after that. For more information, we're providing an FAQ sheet and quick tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
AS OF OCTOBER 2019, THE EPA HAS GRANTED MASSACHUSETTS FUNDS TO HELP TEST DRINKING WATER FOR SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE FACILITIES. If you have any questions or would like help in testing the drinking water please let us know.
- Lead in Glaze: The glaze of your home's tiles can sometimes test very high for lead. As long as the tiles remain intact, they are in compliance with the lead law. However, when tiles become deteriorated and the glaze begins to chip and peel, they become hazardous.