First I would like to take this time to let everyone know its been awhile since our last blog. We have opened new office and just about settled. So this weeks blog is about Lead Paint Inspections and Testing.
If you are buying, selling or living in a home that was constructed prior 1978, you may have lead paint on the structures of the home. Now having lead paint can be safe, as long as its contained, not chipping, peeling, cracking or flaking. Lead Paint was used in the 60-70’s for homes. The EPA had banned the paint in 1978 due to home owners getting poisoned by the paint and dust.
During the 1980’s and 90’s alot of companies where abating lead paint and would cost thousands. Then thru regulation and technology, some where encapping the surface with a drywall overlay, wrapping window ledges and wood areas. This worked for awhile. But the major issue as anything is its still there. So, as time went by more technology came about for testing and some common sense from government.
A home can be lead paint safe. Now you may ask, how? Well, first the walls maybe aged and that the new paint has several layers over the lead paint. Some areas maybe be encapped to rid of the flaking of the paint.
An inspector can inspect the home and perform a sample test for lead paint. We at Emerald Inspection Service, LLC will perform the test and send to the lab along with any government agency. The results are certified by professional labratory. If you do have lead paint, the test will show. From there we can assist with a plan make the home better and safer.
To learn more about lead paint the link for the EPA is below. And of course you can contact us anytime. 352-322-2700 (Florida) or 410-852-6663 (Maryland) or our websites at; www.emeraldinspectionservice.com or www.marylandinspect.com
EPA Website: http://www.epa.gov/lead