Prior to 1978, a significant number of homes were built with painted surfaces that contained lead. This chemical element is known to pose serious health risks to children, especially those under the age of six. At ASAP Environmental, Inc., we provide home lead inspections to residents throughout New England that can help keep their families and properties safe.
Our comprehensive, full-service lead inspections include a formal written report, detailing our findings and observations. We can also provide you with information regarding deleading techniques you can do as a homeowner, as well as deleading contractors who can complete the removal process for you.
As a licensed inspector, we will even come out to perform a reinspection to ensure that you are in compliance with lead regulations. If your home is going through a renovation or repair, we offer inspections to guarantee that you are in 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 the deleading procedure, you 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, including windows, doors, kitchen cabinetry, bathroom cabinetry, interior casings, and 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, window casings, door casings, garage siding, and garage trim.
Other Types of Lead Hazards
Along with contaminating the common areas of your property, lead can also exist in a variety of other places such as:
- 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. In order to ensure compliance, lead dust sampling is required once deleading work has been completed.
- Lead in soil: If you believe there may be lead in your soil, we can take soil samples. 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. This allows us to take the first draw of water from the faucet. We will take three samples in total. The first one will be at the very first draw. The second will be two minutes later, and the final sample will be taken five minutes after that. We have provided an FAQ sheet and quick tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health if you want to learn more.
AS OF OCTOBER 2019, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) HAS GRANTED MASSACHUSETTS FUNDS TO HELP TEST DRINKING WATER FOR SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE FACILITIES. If you have any questions or would like help in testing 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 can become hazardous.