Where is Lead Found?
- In soil around a home. Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars.
- Household dust. Dust can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint or from soil tracked into a home.
- Drinking water. Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing your water. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it, use only cold water for drinking and cooking. Run water for 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you have not used your water for a few hours.
- Old painted toys and furniture.
- Food and liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain.
- Lead smelters or other industries that release lead into the air.
- Hobbies that use lead, such as making pottery or stained glass, or refinishing furniture.
We perform Lead Inspections/Testing and Lead Clearance Testing
Buying or Renting a Home Built Before 1978?
Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Always ask to see your contractor’s certification. For more information visit www.epa.gov/getleadsafe.
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not handled properly.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting or buying pre-1978 housing:
Residential Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Program
Landlords have to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint.
Sellers have to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.
Remodeling or Renovating a Home with Lead-Based Paint
If not conducted properly, certain types of renovations can release lead from paint and dust into the air.
Federal law requires that contractors provide lead information to residents before renovating a pre-1978 housing. Pre-Renovation Education Program must provide you with a pamphlet titled Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home, before starting work. Take precautions before your contractor or you begin remodeling or renovations that disturb painted surfaces such as scraping off paint or tearing out walls. Have the area tested for lead-based paint.
- Do not use a belt-sander, propane torch, heat gun, dry scraper, or dry sandpaper to remove lead-based paint. These actions create large amounts of lead dust and fumes.
- Lead dust can remain in your home long after the work is done.
- Temporarily move your family (especially children and pregnant women) out of the apartment or house until the work is done and the area is properly cleaned. If you can’t move your family, a containment area should be set up to separate the work area so no cross contaminations can occur.
- If you have already completed renovations or remodeling that could have released lead-based paint or dust, get your young children tested and follow the steps outlined by the EPA to protect your family.
Lead Clearance Testing is typically performed after Lead Abatement work has been performed. Especially if work has been performed on housing built prior to 1978 and Lead-Safe Practices have not been utilized. A number of dust wipe and soil samples are collected and taken to a laboratory for analysis.
Lead Hazard Assessments are performed by request to assess whether a Lead Hazard exists, where it is and how it can be alleviated.