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Frequently Asked Questions

When was lead removed from paint?

Large amounts of lead were removed from lead paint in 1950 but the Health Department found that children in the home after 1950 were still getting poisoned in homes from lead dust so they changed the date 1978 on January first, 2015.

What if I got a Lead Paint Inspection before the child was lead poisoned?

If you received, a lead visual inspection before poisoning it is a chance your tenant or child still can be poisoned because all the lead in the home isn’t removed from that component it was encapsulated and if lead dust being re-exposed and coming contact with a child. The health department uses an XRF gun that scans underneath the top surface layer of the paint, so the best thing to do is to call a Lead Paint Inspector Technician to scan your home for where there are lead paint positives and have them removed by a Lead Paint Supervisor before a child is poisoned (we offer this service with removal).

Watch out for lead paint inspectors that pass you without your best interest involved. Lead paint inspections were made to protect the property owner by reducing the risk of a child being poisoned and studies show these practice reduced the amounts.

If your inspector is not inspecting your property correctly then you are avoiding your protection and knowledge of lead dust in your home.

How long does it take to get lead poisoned?

It can take minutes or longer depending on if there is enough lead exposure or a child finds and consumes a big enough Lead paint chip or dust pile.

At what point was lead used in homes?

Lead was used in homes before Pre-1978.

Do you need a lead certificate to sell or buy a home?

No you don't need a lead certificate To sell or buy a home but it would be wise to have a lead paint inspection done to certify that there is not any lead dust present, but is not a requirement that you have a certificate but is a great incentive.

Real estate Sellers have to:

First, disclose to the buyer that there is an environmental hazard of lead-based paint present in the home and have the buyer sign a disclosure statement with all document involving the sale of the property.

Second, supply an EPA approved a Lead paint pamphlet, to inform them of any information dealing with lead paint.

Third, give them 10 days to have a lead paint inspection or risk assessment of the property.

Which rental properties do you I have to inspect for lead paint?

Any home built on or before on or pre-1978.

Which kind of inspector do I need to do my lead paint inspection?

Visual inspectors inspect rental properties for lead paint and distribute 330 Certificates for Full Risk Reductions and Modified risk reduction. (Explained below)

Full Risk Reductions- Inspection for rental properties with Lead Dust presumed present.

Modified Risk Reduction- Inspection for after a notice of elevated lead blood level in a child has been sent to owner or property manager. Full Risk reduction will not satisfy this inspection.

Lead Technicians- Inspect day care centers and use the XRF X-ray analyzers for Lead-Free Inspections and Limited Lead-Free.

Lead-Free- the home has been inspected by an Inspector Technician as being free of any lead by XRF analyzer.

Limited lead-free- The home has been inspected by an Inspector Technician certifying that the interior is free of lead but the exterior still contains lead. In addition, only the exterior of the home will have to be inspected for the remaining of the properties rental history.

What the regulations for removal are of lead paint can I remove the hazard?

The Regulations for lead paint removal are that a licensed Maryland Department of Environment Lead Paint Supervisors is the only contractor that can remove large amounts of lead. In addition, if you try to remove it yourself, out of regulation you will receive a 27,000 fine.

Lead Safe Certified Renovation Firms can only deal with less than 6 square feet of lead per room.

Chemicals and lead paint substrates removed from a property must be transported to hazardous waste facility and properly wrapped and sealed for disposal. (Large fines for illegal dumping of chemicals into water drains sewers and public facilities .

What is the process of a Health Department Lead paint violation?

The Process of a Health department lead violation consists of receiving a notice of elevated lead blood level in a child a health department inspector will inspect the home with XRF x-ray gun.

Second, if the XRF gun finds over regulated amounts the inspector will give you a work plan and a report of all positive areas to have them removed or stabilized.

Third, you have to choose Lead Paint Supervisor (00 Lead) from the MDE website that will assess the liability for the company and give you an estimate for Abatement practices.

Fourth, after completing the process of abatement, the contractor will give the owner, two Supervisor's Statements of Work and work orders.

Fifth, the owner is to call the health department inspector for a re-inspection of the property for verification that the abatement procedures and the areas that read positive have are fixed.

Last, after the health department approves the abatement the owner or Management Company will have to appoint a lead paint visual inspector to perform a Modified Risk Reduction.

This involves three dust wipe in each room of the home one from the window well, windowsill and the floor. (Property owner cannot direct the inspector)

After the results are received from the inspector, the results must conclude less than 40 ug, for the floors 400 for the wells, and 250ug for the sills.

The completion of all these tasks will relieve you of your violation and save you from fees and fines.

How do I pass a lead paint inspection?

You pass a lead paint inspection by having bulks of dirt in areas of the floor and in or above Air vents and in corners that are tested lead positive.

Paint must be in 100% intact condition there cannot be any chipping, cracking or deteriorating paint anywhere on your property or within 75 feet of your property lines.

Dirty floors with lead dust from renovation projects, cleaning the floors, windowsills, walls and anything that was in the area during construction without cross contamination.

How do I protect myself from lead poisoning?

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How is much lead dust dangerous?

Even a small amount of lead can stay in the body for up to seven months and can store in bones for 30 years the center of disease control has set limits for children to 5-10 ug/dl OSHA establishes lead levels for adults.

What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?

Symptoms of lead poisoning are tiredness, sleep problems, dizziness, irritability, nervousness, headaches, difficulty concentrating, depression, forgetfulness, weakness, clumsiness, joint and muscle pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach aches, constipation, metallic taste in mouth, problems having healthy children, loss of sexual drive.

High doses of lead can cause permanent damage to the developing brain.

How are we exposed to lead dust?

Lead dust is formed from friction while opening and closing lead substrates window, doors and damaging encapsulation. this action is mostly done during the changing of seasons.

Why was lead added to paint?

Lead Dust was added to paint as a faster drying agent, for color, to increase durability, and prevention of mold and mildew.

What is lead-based paint limit in the paint?

Lead-based paint is any paint or varnish or shellac that contains 1.0 milligrams of lead per square centimeter.

When does lead paint dust become a problem?

Lead paint dust becomes a problem when the seals been damaged or its structure has been opened for contact by person or animal.

Who is most at risk for lead poisoning?

Children under six, pregnant women and pets are at the highest risk for lead poisoning.

How much does a lead paint inspection cost?

Visual inspections are free in Baltimore City or County for our company with payment up front but not for the dust wipe inspection. In addition, Lead Paint Inspection costs vary from firm to firm. Our fees for a two week turn around is 100 dollars and 10 per wipe for each sample taken, wood windows require two samples, plastic or vinyl windows require 1 sample per room even if there is no window.

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