Lead Inspection Testing in Los Angeles and Ventura County
Lead Inspection-Testing Is still of great concern to Home and Business Owners, the legacy of lead in paints is still with us here in LA, Los Angeles and Ventura County, our lead inspection and testing services are certified and we respond quickly to your needs. Lead testing for your home or business should be to be part of your inspection plan, especially if your home or building was built before 1980. Don’t wait, Schedule a Lead Inspection Testing in Los Angeles and Ventura County by contacting us today.
About Lead-Based Paint
Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. In LA lead was used as a pigment and drying agent in oil based alkyd paints, latex water based paints generally have not contained lead. Due to the popularity of alkyd paints in the 1940’s through the 1960’s there has been many sources for lead exposure in a household but primarily deteriorating lead paint surfaces and lead dust are the most common cause of lead poisoning. Exposure is also possible from lead in water, in food, lead glazed ceramics, lead paint on toys and in art paint.
Before the health effects of lead paint were known, lead paint was considered one of the best means of protecting against weathering of exterior surfaces. According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, 61% of all painted exterior areas contained lead paint before 1940. In high quality paints, concentrations of 40-60% lead was not uncommon. The Table below shows a statistical breakdown of lead painted surfaces on house components from the late 1970’s back. Because of its’ corrosion resisting qualities, lead paint was most commonly used around windows (to seal wood trim) and on railings to protect subsurfaces. Lead paint was also painted on a variety of sidings and brick walls for added protection from the elements. Schedule a Lead Inspection Testing in Los Angeles and Ventura County by contacting us today
% of Lead Painted Surfaces on Housing Components
Door Trim 23%
Door Trim 39%
Because the symptoms of poisoning from lead based paint can be subtle and difficult to diagnose, it is important to test for lead paint if the house was built before 1978 and contains peeling or flaking paint. Call today to schedule your Lead Inspection Testing in Los Angeles and Ventura County.
Types of Inspections
Lead Based Paint Inspection
There are several types of inspections we preform, a lead-based paint inspection is a surface by-surface investigation to determine whether there is lead-based paint in the home and where it is located. An inspection may be particularly useful before renovation, repainting, or paint removal.
An inspection includes:
- An inventory of all painted surfaces, including the outside and inside of the home, ‘painted surfaces’ include all surfaces coated with paint, shellac, varnish, stain, coating, or even paint covered by wallpaper.
- Selection and testing of each type of painted surface.
You should then get a report listing the painted surfaces in the home and whether each painted surface contains lead-based paint. An inspection does not typically test painted furniture unless it is a permanent part of the home, such as kitchen or bathroom cabinets or built-in bookshelves. Soil, dust, and water are not typically tested during an inspection. The presence of lead-based paint in a home does not necessarily mean there is a lead-based paint hazard to occupants, too make sure you may want a different test (either a risk assessment or hazard screen test).
A risk assessment is an on-site investigation to determine the presence, type, severity, and location of lead-based paint hazards. The presence of deteriorated lead-based paint or high levels of lead in dust or soil can pose potential hazards to children who may ingest lead playing inside or outside.
A risk assessment includes:
- A visual inspection of the residence to determine the location of the deteriorated paint, the extent and causes of the deterioration, and other sources of lead exposure to young children inside or outside the home.
- Testing deteriorated paint and paint on surfaces where there is reason to believe that a child has chewed, licked, or mouthed the paint, but painted surfaces in good condition are not tested.
- Testing household dust from floors and windows, samples should include areas from a child’s bedroom, a child’s main play area, the main entrance, and other locations to be chosen by the certified Risk Assessor.
- Testing bare soil from play areas, the building foundation, and possibly other areas around the home.
- Optional water testing.
Lead Hazard Screen
A lead hazard screen is a limited version of a risk assessment, it’s for houses with a low chance of lead risks. In a lead hazard screen:
- Any painted surfaces in a deteriorated condition are tested.
- Two sets of dust samples are collected in a lead hazard screen, one set represents the floors and the other set represents the windows. Typically, there is less dust sampling in a lead hazard screen than in a risk assessment.
- Usually soil samples are not collected in a lead hazard screen, with one exception, if there is evidence of paint chips in the soil from previous exterior repainting, then the soil should be sampled and tested.
The outcome of the lead hazard screen is either a conclusion that lead-based paint hazards are probably not present, or a recommendation that a full risk assessment should be conducted to determine if such hazards are present. In a lead hazard screen, only deteriorated paint is tested, thus a lead hazard screen cannot conclude there is no lead-based paint in the home. A lead hazard screen is only recommended for residences that are generally in good condition, with little visible dust, and with paint in good condition (very little chipping or flaking). In general, a lead hazard screen will be more useful in housing built after 1960.
Testing for Lead In Water
Lead testing in water is very important. Lead pipes and lead solder were used until recently in plumbing and lead leaked into drinking water. Water testing is available as an optional service. Schedule a Lead Inspection Testing in Los Angeles and Ventura County by contacting us today.