Buildings built before 1978 that have not had major renovation have a high probability of lead-based paint used at some point in the building.
If you don’t know if lead-based paint is present, and your building was painted before 1978, please use an RRP certified contractor. Most painting contractors are certified, but you should ask and see the physical license.
Renovate, Repair and Paint rules from the EPA.
It is important that you read these rules. It is suggested that all removal and subsequent clean-up be supervised by the building owner or occupant.
American Air Testing does not use lead-paint test kits. Repeated testing of lead-paint test kits show that most people don’t use them correctly, often the tests are out of date and generally give unreliable results.
We use an XRF Lead Paint Analyzer which is approved by HUD to find lead-based paint in building. This tool scans all levels of paint. In older buildings, it is probable that lead-based paint has been painted over with non-lead paint. However, when construction is done, all painted surfaces that are removed, moved, repaired, disturbed then lead dust will be created. As long as this dust is not breathed or, in the case of infants and children, the dust is not ingested, then no health problems occur.
The health effects on young children and infants of lead-based paint dust ingestion are not reversible. Remember, lead is a sweetener. Preventing a child from chewing – teething – on an older window ledge, for instance, may have long-term health benefits.