Renovation

How to Test for and Remove Lead Paint

If your home was built before 1978 or it hasn’t been repainted in a long while, then you may have to go through lead inspection and removal. Lead in paint can be extremely toxic, especially for children, and lead inspection and removal is crucial for your health and well-being. In this article, we’re going to cover the basics of what lead testing entails.

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Lead Paint Inspection

A lead paint inspection will check whether you have lead in any visible surfaces outside or inside your house. This is absolutely essential if you’re planning to perform any type of renovation in your house. An inspector, hopefully, someone who has a ZOTApro certification, will perform a variety of tests. Samples will be taken from around the house and will be inspected. In some cases, the samples will be inspected on the premises using a portable X-ray fluorescence tester, but the samples may also be sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. An XRF machine will be able to test the samples without causing any damage. In most cases, there will be a clear positive or negative result. But, in case the results aren’t totally conclusive, a few samples will be sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment will assess whether there are any signs of deterioration in and around your home. The inspector will then look for the reasons behind the damage. Among other things, they will check to see if the paint has been damaged as a result of a child or pet chewing and biting on the paint. Depending on the circumstances, the inspector will give you guidelines if they believe someone in your house is at risk. Since not all surfaces will be inspected and tested, just because there was no assessment of risk doesn’t mean that there isn’t any lead present.

Hazard Screen

Hazard screening is also an essential part of any lead inspection. Hazard screens are in many ways similar to a risk assessment, but they are nowhere near as extensive. This type of screening is usually performed when an inspector believes your house may not be at risk. This is usually for newly constructed homes or homes that were freshly painted. The inspector will look for any sign of deterioration in and outside the house and will collect a few dust samples. These samples will be collected from the windows and from the floor. In some cases, soil samples will also be taken, but this will usually only be done if there are any signs of paint chips in the soil. The goal of a hazard screen is to check if there is any possibility of risk. If the inspector finds out that there might be some risk present, they will suggest that you go for a more thorough inspection.

Lead inspections are very important and should never be taken lightly. Make sure that you perform one immediately if you believe your home may be at risk.

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