The following link shows you the procedure for testing for lead in paint using Flame AA Spectroscopy.
Anyone that performs work in homes or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 that disturbs paint must be certified by the EPA. However, they are not always required to test for lead paint before they begin work (sources one and two [page 6, question 23002-32338]).
In our experience very few do any proactive testing, or when they do, the testing is insufficient. If you request that the contractor test first, they must test all surfaces that will be effected (EPA source). Cost and concern for losing the job due to a higher bid are the primary causes we have encountered for lack of testing. The cost of properly testing depending on size of the area can become expensive. Additionally, if lead paint is found, only a company licensed to do lead paint abatement may do so, and often this can result in loss of all or some of the work that contractor was seeking to secure.
We recommend that you bring in an independent testing company such as Done Right Testing to perform the lead paint testing prior to having bids submitted for work. This will ensure unbiased results and appropriate bid submission.
If your paint is in good shape and undisturbed, it does not pose a risk to your health. However, if it is compromised and dust is released, this can be harmful. Paint chips are especially harmful if consumed, especially by children. For children, lead exposure can cause irreversible brain damage hindering development. In higher exposure levels, human beings can experience kidney and nervous system damage. In extreme cases, death and seizures can happen.
The Mayo Clinic has more information on this which is available by clicking here.
There are different variables that contribute to defining how many samples will be taken, such as square footage, locations, and color of paint. Not all old paint has lead in it, even if it was applied at the same time.
What sets Done Right Testing apart from other testing companies is our ability to get on site quickly to collect our samples. We pride ourselves on offering same or next business day turnaround on most jobs.
Done Right Testing has no conflict of interests as we only provide testing services and do not try to sell you remediation services. You can be sure that you are getting unbiased, honest testing results that you can save you money.
We employ experienced IICRC technicians to ensure mold scopes meet the standard of work you should have followed to safely take care of your home. Rest assured that tests are performed by qualified technicians only.
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