Lead Paint Inspections Baltimore
Lead paint in the home is a serious health hazard. Lead based paint inspection is the first step to assess the
anger and how to handle it.
Lead poisoning occurs when lead is inhaled or ingested. Lead is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It is invisible to the naked eye.
In past decades, lead was common in house paint and gasoline in the United States. These products are no longer produced with lead. However, lead is still present. It is prevalent in older homes and buildings.
Common sources of lead:
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Make sure painted surfaces are not chipping or flaking.
All painted surfaces should be intact.
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Lead inspection is a matter that should not be taken lightly by either property managers, landlords, agents or homeowners. Overlooking this important process is a serious legal violation. Moreover, exposing people to homes that have lead contamination can put their health at serious risk.
Maryland Law and Lead Paint
Even though Maryland started banning the use of lead paint as far back as 1950, some parts of Maryland continued to use lead paints up until 1977. Many of these homes are still in use today. At the moment, both federal and Maryland law requires that all homes built before 1978 undergo lead inspections to ensure that they are lead free or lead safe before anyone can move into them. The reason for this law is that many homes built before 1978 used lead based paint. In fact, renters and home buyers have a right to know whether a home has undergone a lead inspection before they move in.
Baltimore, Maryland and Lead Paint
Unfortunately, Baltimore, Maryland is one of the cities most affected by the lead contamination in the US. So, every homeowner and tenant in this locale has to be extra careful before moving into a home that was built before 1978. Actually, a number of lead poisoning issues have been reported in many areas around Maryland, and the authorities have been known to do vigilant follow-ups on homes that pose potential lead poisoning risk.
Lead Based Paint Poisoning
It is troubling that it does not take much lead contamination to cause health damage. In fact, lead dust amounting to about three grains of sugar a day is enough to poison a child over time. Children under six years are at a higher risk of lead poisoning because they move around more, touch more things, and then put their hands in their mouths.
The effects of lead poisoning in children include mental retardation, learning disabilities, poor motor balance, attention deficiency, hearing problems, violent behavior and several other life-long health issues. Pregnant women can also miscarry as a result of lead poisoning, and even give birth to unhealthy children.
Even so, adults are also at risk of lead poisoning by living in contaminated homes. Lead dust can be inhaled and consumed in drinks and food. This is because some lead pipes can have lead in them. Additionally, the compound around the home may also have been affected by the lead paint, which would make any foods grown in that soil another way for people to get into contact with this toxic metal.
In adults, lead has been known to cause higher blood pressure, muscle and joint pains, kidney issues, nerve damage, memory problems, physical co-ordination issues, brain damage, fatigue, and several other serious health problems.
Call today to have our courteous and professional MDE Certified Lead Inspectors come certify your home safe and lead free!
Areas Affected by Lead Contamination
Lead is usually present in the affected homes in ways that most people would not imagine. Areas that generally have lead paint contamination include windows, doors, stairs, railings, fences, and even porches. Furthermore, any areas that rub into contaminated areas can also act as sources of contamination. Over time, such paint can chip off and end up spreading as dust around the home. Also, scraping and heating of the contaminated areas can generate dust, which can settle on many areas around the house and even remain in the air.
Paint Testing Methods For Lead
We Specialize in XRF Testing in Baltimore
There is a lot we can do to ensure your current property does not pose a lead poisoning risk to your family, your tenants, or future owners. The most effective way of ensuring this is to test the home and ensure that it is lead free. This typically requires the use of an XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence), a lead contamination testing method that is used to determine with accuracy and ease whether a home environment contains lead contamination.
Lab Testing for Lead Paint
Paint scrapings can be collected and taken back to a lab to be analyzed for lead content. With this test, lead levels of at least 0.5% in dried weight are taken to mean that a home contains lead paint contamination.
Dust Swipe Lead Testing
It is also possible to do chemical tests on the spot using a specialized kit in cases where more immediate results are desired. With the chemical spot test, color changes of the collected sample are observed. For instance, when using sodium sulfide, a color range of yellow to dark brown indicates the presence of high amounts of lead. A dust swipe is also a quick way to determine whether lead contamination is present in a home.
Why Choose Our Lead Inspection Services?
We are accredited by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE). In fact, only accredited lead inspection companies can perform lead contamination assessments and grant necessary certification. Any other lead inspectors are considered invalid.
Benefits of Lead Inspections Baltimore
Hundreds of thousand homes in Maryland present potential health hazards because they were painted with lead contaminated paint. Lead paint inspections are therefore critical, especially now that public awareness of this problem is growing. Lead poisoning is considered a leading health issue among children in the Western countries.
So, to protect yourself from potential ethical and legal problems, ensure that the properties you manage have undergone certified lead inspections by Lead Inspections Baltimore. Besides, having a property checked for lead contamination and declared lead free can help it fetch a better price in the market. With our state-of-the-art lead testing methods and MDE certification, you can rest assured that your lead free home is truly free of contamination before moving day!
Lead Inspections Baltimore
5422 Ebenezer Road #563
Baltimore, MD 21162
5422 Ebenezer Road #563
Baltimore, MD 21162