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For home inspections, Environmental Inspections and Solutions utilizes the state-of-the-art X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device. The XRF can immediately test for lead paint without disturbing the material. (To learn more about how the XRF works, click here).

Environmental Inspections and Solutions will comprehensively test every painted surface in your home, place of business, apartment, or condominium (full lead survey) or on a specified section of the building (partial survey) that will be undergoing construction or is of particular worry.

Environmental Inspections and Solutions also offers wipe sample testing along with XRF analysis. Highly degraded lead paint is more likely to create dangerous lead dust, and wipe samples allow us to detect lead in deposits on floors and under windows in contaminated areas. We can use the XRF device to test these samples on site or send them to an EPA-certified lab for analysis.

At the completion of any construction or repainting Environmental Inspections and Solutions can verify that any danger from lead has been eliminated.

For workplace OSHA surveys, we augment testing XRF testing with paint chip analysis. We will take a representative sample of approximately one square inch of paint and have it lab-tested.

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For safe remediation and upkeep methods, see the EPA “Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right.”

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A home lead paint inspection will last from 90 minutes to 4 hours and comprise 80-200 XRF readings, depending on the square footage, time of construction, and paint scheme of the residence. Houses that have multiple layers of paint built up over time will require lengthier inspections. Additionally, decorative paint features and trim must also be tested for lead paint and will require more samples and a longer inspection.

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It is imperative that anyone removing lead paint is trained in leadsafe protocols. Only in the case that the handyman is properly trained is the answer yes.

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It is illegal to conduct construction, remodeling, or demolition without doing so. Lead is a dangerous substance that can cause health problems for you or any other inhabitants or visitors to your property. Lack of knowledge about the extent of the danger posed by exposure to lead paint is common, which is why many people fail to take the proper steps to protect themselves and others.

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Lead is particularly dangerous for small children. Despite EPA and FDA standards for what is considered lead poisoning, there is simply no level of lead in your body that is safe. For this reason Environmental Inspections + Solutions recommends ensuring that the potential danger of lead exposure in your home be eliminated.

There is likely lead from paint that can deteriorate into dust if construction or painting took place in your building prior to 1978. It can spread to clothing and make its way into the mouth and lungs.

The location of your home is a factor. Residences near busy streets that were once busy can have lead in soil and dust that was originally deposited from leaded gasoline exhaust. The contaminated substances can be breathed in or introduced to the mouth via the hands.

Treating specific objects can help in the short-term. More permanent tactics include refinishing or replacing windows, doors and cabinets. Testing objects in your home, especially those handled by children, such as tableware, toys, and furniture may be a good step to take.

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The XRF will flag any paint with a lead concentration above 1.0 mg/cm^2 (milligrams per square centimeter) as lead paint. City and county regulations may have different limits. Los Angeles County limits lead concentration to 0.7 mg/cm^2

A concentration of 0.5% to 0.06% by weight of lead in paint is considered lead paint, varying by municipality.

Note: We endorse always utilizing lead-safe work practices, regardless of whether the amount is under mandated limits.

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On-site soil analysis with the XRF as well as further laboratory testing are offered by Environmental Inspections + Solutions.

Lead can enter soil in the following ways:

  1. Some areas have a naturally high amount of lead in the soil.
  2. Lead paint on the outside of the house can deteriorate and fall into the soil.
  3. Leftover lead from leaded gasoline exhaust. Gasoline commonly contained lead through 1985, and much of that lead still causes contamination. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1533263
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Ingesting produce planted in soil contaminated by lead is hazardous. Lead can be absorbed by the plant, posing a danger despite careful washing and cleaning. The New York Times published this article on the danger of lead contamination in home-grown produce: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/garden/14lead.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Pricing is highly variable based on the job. We recommend reaching out with more information about your building or site so we can provide an accurate estimate.

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Ingesting produce planted in soil contaminated by lead is hazardous. Lead can be absorbed by the plant, posing a danger despite careful washing and cleaning. The New York Times published this article on the danger of lead contamination in home-grown produce: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/garden/14lead.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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