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Lead Base Paint Testing & Inspection Miami Dade & Broward County

Lead is a heavy metal that has been proven to cause neurological damages in humans and can lead to both mental and physical disabilities. Before 1978, paint was manufactured containing lead pigments and used in most households and industrial settings here in the United States. Over the last few decades, the chipping and peeling of this paint has been shown to cause thousands of cases of lead poisoning alone. But causing further damage, lead paint can degrade into chips and dust and then find its way into surrounding soil.

Undetected Lead Exposure

At Florida Inspections Unlimited, we understand that lead exposure may exist inside homes and office environments with little to no detection by us. When lead paint has remained in good condition, it poses little hazard. But once it is disturbed due to degradation or renovation, a dangerous lead exposure hazard is created.

Facts from the Florida Department of Health on Primary Lead Sources

According to the Florida Department of Health, the primary sources of lead exposure here in Florida are:

  • Lead-based paints – the federal government banned the use of lead-based paints in 1978 but homes and apartments built before that may still contain lead-based paint, Dust from lead-based paint is the most common source of lead poisoning in children in the United States.
  • Soil – outside soil can be contaminated by lead dust from exterior paints
  • Drinking water – plumbing may contain lead or lead solder which may contaminate household drinking water
  • Jobs or hobbies – sites where lead is used may have lead dust. This may be brought home on shoes, clothing, and hands. Jobs or hobbies that may lead to lead exposure include battery recycling or manufacturing, smelting or welding, HVAC maintenance, auto/radiator repair, bridge painting, pottery making, stained glass making, jewelry making, furniture refinishing, and home repair.
  • Consumer products – some painted toys and old furniture contains lead. Traditional home remedies, imported candies, and some cookware may also contain lead.
  • Foods or liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed or imported pottery or porcelain
  • Traditional folk remedies such as azarcon and greta
  • Some cosmetics

Inspection Report and Consultation

When inspecting your home or building for lead-contaminated surfaces, our certified lead assessors will check for any lead-painted surfaces and components as well as any contaminated dust and soil. We provide a full report and consultation with recommended advice on mitigation. We can also offer soil testing and water testing in order to detect any level of lead in these areas.

How We Conduct a Lead Inspection

At Florida Inspections Unlimited, our certified lead-base paint inspectors that are EPA-certified risk assessors utilize advanced instruments called an XRF analyzer in order to detect the presence of lead instantly and non-invasively. We will not further chip or damage the paint in any way. In addition to the XRF analyzer, we often perform wipe sample testing. We are very careful with this as any deteriorated painted areas further degrade; there is a greater risk that it will add to the dust in the area. Wipe samples will be sent to an EPA-approved laboratory. Once any repainting, renovation, or mitigation is completed, we will test to confirm that a lead hazard is no longer present.

Purchasing or Leasing a New Space

If you are purchasing or leasing a new home, apartment, or commercial space, know that sellers and landlords have a legal obligation to disclose the presence of lead-based paint. In the case of renovation, certain forms of remodeling may release lead-tainted dust into the air. Contractors who are conducting renovations on any home built before 1978 are required to provide any lead information to the owner of the property. Before remodeling a home that was constructed before 1978, it is advisable to get a pre-construction lead inspection from a qualified inspection company.

Improper Removal of Lead-Based Paint Can Create a Hazard

Removing lead-based paint improperly can create a hazard in your home or business. Protect yourself, your family, or your employees from lead exposure with a certified lead inspection by a qualified professional. At Florida Inspections Unlimited, we ensure that you’re living and working environment is safe and hazard free.

We provide expert inspection services tailored to meet your individual needs. Our service areas cover Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Monroe County. Miami, Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, Homestead, South Miami, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Dania Beach, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Southwest Ranches, Davie, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, and Aventura.

For thorough and safe lead inspections and environmental inspection services, call the professionals at Florida Inspections Unlimited in Miami Dade County: 305-910-1171 or Broward County: 954-861-0666.

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