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Why we inspect older homes
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning
Property owners of pre-1978 homes should review the available inspection options to select the inspection service which best suits their needs.
A risk assessment or inspection for possible lead-based paint hazards is recommended prior to the purchase of homes built prior to 1978.
Home Owners/Certified Renovators
Qualified professional must conduct testing of all surfaces prior to and following renovation. Avoid hefty fines and refer to Renovation and Repair Rule (RRP).
I own rental properties in Maryland that were built prior to 1950 and remain a lead inspection client myself.
I and my associates currently perform lead-paint inspections for other landlords as well as property managers, sellers, buyers, and renovators.
My service area includes Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Preparing for Lead Paint, Dust Sampling Inspection
“The Full Risk Reduction standard is met by passing the test for lead contaminated dust, provided that any chipping peeling, or flaking paint has been removed or repainted on interior and exterior of the rental dwelling unit. After verifying paint condition meets the standard the accredited inspector must collect dust samples from each room in the unit. Each dust sample must be analyzed by a qualified laboratory, and the results must fall below specified levels. In general, testing for lead contaminated dust is most likely to be successful in a clean, well maintained property."
This inspection presumes that all paint is lead-based paint.
Like asbestos, as long as the paint is in good condition, it is not considered hazardous.
The first part of the inspection is a Visual Review.
If paint is not in good condition, dust samples cannot be collected.