Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions

When was lead removed from paint?

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

How long does it take to get lead poisoned?

It can take minutes if there is enough lead exposure or a child consumes a big enough Lead paint chip.

At what point was lead used in homes?

Lead was used in homes before 1978.

Which rental properties do i have to inspect for lead paint?

Any home built on or before 1978 has to be inspected for lead paint.

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

Visual inspectors inspect rental properties for lead paint with 330 Certificates for Full Risk Reductions and Modified risk reduction.

Full Risk Reductions- Inspection for rental properties with lead 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 for the home will have to be inspected for the remaining of the properties rental history.

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

The only person that can remove more than 6 Square feet of lead paint is a licensed Maryland Department of Environment Lead Paint Supervisors. if you try to remove it yourself and get caught you will receive fine from 0-27,000 dollars or a next door neighbor can sue you for 1,000,000 for their child being poisoned because of unsafe work practices.

Lead Safe Certified Firms can deal with any lead paint work on homes under 6 square feet per room.

Chemicals and lead paint substrates removed from a property is taken to a hazardous waste facilities and properly wrapped and sealed for disposal. (large fines for illegal dumping of chemicals include fines.

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

The health department uses a XRF gun that scans underneath the surface 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 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 isn't inspecting your property correctly then you're avoiding your protection and knowledge of lead dust in your home.

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

First, when 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 web site 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 a 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, window sill and the floor. (Property owner cannot direct the inspector)

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

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


How do i pass a lead paint inspection?

Lead Paint Inspectors fail properties that have bulks of dirt in areas of the floor and in or above Air vents and in corners.

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

Dirty floors with lead dust from renovation projects, cleaning the floors , window sills ,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 much lead dust is 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?

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 brain in a developing brain.

How are we exposed to lead dust?

Lead dust is formed from friction while opening and closing of window and doors mostly during the changing of seasons.

Why was lead added to paint?

Lead 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 limits in 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 it seal has been damaged or it structure has been opened for contact by person or animal.

Who is most at risk for lead poisoning?

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

How much does a lead paint inspection cost?

Visual inspections are free for baltimore city or county for our company with payment for 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 the each samples taken, wood windows require two samples, plastic or vinyl windows require 1 sample.


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

To sell or buy a home 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 practice.

Real estate Sellers have to

First, disclose to the buyer that there is a 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.

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