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WHAT EXACTLY IS A LEAD PAINT INSPECTION?
A lead paint inspection is designed to answer a couple questions: "Is there lead-based paint present in the housing unit?" and "Where is the lead-based paint?"
A lead-based paint inspection is an analysis of the lead content of every painted surface inside and outside of the home. The painted surfaces are also classified as to the condition of the paint.
A lead paint inspection is most appropriate for individuals who need to know where lead-based paint is located, such as in the following situations:
People considering renovation, remodeling, or demolition work that would disturb painted surfaces and may generate lead dust hazards unless proper precautions are followed.
Home sellers desiring specific information about lead for marketing purposes.
Home buyers or renters who want to know if lead paint is present and its location (or who feel strongly that they want a home that contains no lead-based contamination).
Rental property owners seeking lead-safe certifications from the federal lead disclosure requirements by demonstrating that a specific property is free from dust and particles.
Pennsylvania Law requires the removal or covering of lead paint hazards in homes built before 1978 where any children under the age of six live. As of October 1, 2020, all Philadelphia residential rental units will require a lead-safe certification repeated every 4 years. Landlords will need proof of this certification in order to maintain their rental licenses in Philadelphia. Lead paint hazards include loose lead paint and lead paint dust on windows and other surfaces accessible to children. Owners are responsible with complying with the law.
IF YOUR HOME WAS BUILT BEFORE 1978, ESPECIALLY BEFORE 1960, IT IS VERY LIKELY TO HAVE LEAD PAINT. UNDISTURBED PAINT WITH A SMOOTH SURFACE IS NOT CONSIDERED DANGEROUS, AND MOST LEAD PAINT HAS BEEN COVERED WITH MANY LAYERS OF NON-LEADED PAINT. HOWEVER, IF THE LAYERED PAINT IS LOOSENED BY WATER DAMAGE OR PITTED BY THE SCRAPES AND DENTS OF DAILY LIVING, THE OLD LEAD LAYERS MAY BECOME UNCOVERED. ONCE EXPOSED, THE PAINT CAN DETERIORATE, AND LOOSE CHIPS OR FLAKES THAT FALL ON THE FLOOR CAN BE GROUND UNDERFOOT INTO FINE PAINT DUST. EVEN FINER DUST, INVISIBLE TO THE EYE, IS CREATED BY THE FRICTION OF OPENING AND CLOSING TIGHT-FITTING PAINTED DOORS AND WINDOWS. LOOSE PAINT AND PAINT DUST CAN POISON BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN, AND REMOVING LEAD PAINT REQUIRES SPECIAL METHODS TO AVOID CREATING EVEN MORE LEAD DUST. THIS BROCHURE IS INTENDED TO GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FROM LEAD PAINT HAZARDS.
CHIPS AND FLAKES:
THE HIGHEST BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN SMALL CHILDREN ARE USUALLY LINKED TO EATING LEAD PAINT CHIPS, WHICH ARE SWEET TASTING, OFTEN BRIGHTLY COLORED, AND CAN CONTAIN UP TO 50 PERCENT LEAD. CHEWING ON LEAD-PAINTED WINDOW SILLS OR TOYS IS ALSO A SOURCE OF LEAD POISONING. FLAKING LEAD PAINT ON OUTSIDE WALLS CAN CONTAMINATE YARD SOIL UP TO 10 OR MORE FEET FROM THE HOUSE.
BEGIN BY INSPECTING ALL YOUR HOME’S PAINTED SURFACES CAREFULLY, INDOORS AND OUT. ALSO INSPECT ANY OTHER HOUSE OR DAY CARE FACILITY WHERE YOUR CHILD SPENDS TIME.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
PEELING PAINT, VARNISH, OR GLAZE
SURFACE WEAR ON THE EDGE OF A TIGHT-FITTING PAINTED DOOR OR A STAIRWAY
TOOTH MARKS ON WINDOW SILLS AND RAILINGS ON STAIRWAYS OR CRIBS
WORN OR CHIPPED GLAZE ON PORCELAIN BATHTUBS, SINKS, OR CERAMIC TILE
“CHALKING,” A WHITE, POWDERY COATING THAT COMES OFF ON YOUR HAND
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO WINDOWS AND DOORS, STAIR TREADS AND RAILINGS (INCLUDING CRIB AND PORCH RAILS), CHILDREN’S FURNITURE, CABINETS, AND BASEBOARDS.
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