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|What is involved in the Maryland Lead Inspection?|
|• Schedule the Appointment - 410-916-4108|
|We are available at your convenience including evenings and weekends. The MDE requires 24 hour notice before we pre form the lead inspection. (Be sure to check out the suggestions for being prepared for the lead test Click Here )|
|• The Visual Lead Inspection|
|The inspector will examine the property to insure that the paint is intact and shows no sign of failing. There can be NO signs of chipping, flaking or peeling paint in the interior and the exterior of the property. This includes any outbuildings such as a garage or shed.|
|• Dust Sample Collection|
|After the visual inspection is concluded the inspector will collect dust samples from each room:|
|• Properties with replacement windows require ONE sample per room from a window sill|
|• Properties with non-replacement windows (windows with painted surfaces) require TWO samples per room. One from a window sill and a second from either the floor or another window sill.|
|• Rooms without windows require ONE sample from the floor|
|• Lab Testing for Lead|
|The samples are then sent to an accredited lab for testing. The federal government and Maryland have set guidelines for lead content in paint.|
|• The MDE Lead Certificate|
|When the lab results show that all samples taken meet the required standards a Full Risk Reduction Certificate will be issued to the property owner. The MDE also receives a copy and if you rent a copy is also provided for the tenants.|
|Where Lead Paint is Found:
|In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. Many homes in Maryland built before 1978 have lead based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned lead-based paint from housing. Lead can be found in single family homes and apartments, inside and outside the house, in soil around a home. (Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars.)
Lead is most likely to be a hazard in paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can’t always see. Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard. Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention. Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that gets a lot of wear and tear, These areas include: windows and window sills, doors and door frames, stairs, railings and banisters, and porches and fences.
Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can reenter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it. Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when people bring soil into the house on their shoes.
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