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Lead Paint Inspections & Testing

For over 100 years lead was added to paint to extend the protective properties and durability of paints. Millions of homes in the US were painted with lead-based paint during this time. At the time we didn’t realize the harmful affects that lead has on humans, especially young children. Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood.

Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness and irritability. Children who are lead poisoned may show no symptoms.

Deteriorated lead-paint both inside and outside the home creates serious health hazards for young children. Children may become lead poisoned by:

• Putting their hands or other lead-contaminated objects into their mouths

• Eating paint chips found in homes with peeling or flaking lead-based paint

• Playing in lead-contaminated soil

If your house is older than 1978 we strongly recommend that you have your house inspected for lead-based paint. For a minimal fee Envirospec can test the painted surfaces in your home using an XRF Analyzer and locate any hazardous paint. Knowing if and where lead-based paint may be in your home is the first step to ensuring you can properly protect yourself and your children from its dangerous affects.

More information about asbestos is available through the following links:

Utah Division of Air Quality: https://deq.utah.gov/legacy/programs/air-quality/lead/

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): http://www.epa.gov/lead

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New Lead-Based Paint Regulations

In April of 2010 the EPA and Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) enacted a new lead-based paint RRP Rule (renovation, repair, and painting). This new law can greatly affect any remodeling project on homes and buildings built before 1978. Contractors and home owners should be aware of this RRP rule and how it can affect their projects. The following taken directly from the Utah DAQ Tri-fold pamphlet about the new RRP Rule:

The rule applies to:

• Renovation, repair, and painting activities performed by paid contractors (including maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters, and other specialty trades) working in pre-1978 housing, rental units, child care facilities, and schools.

• Maintenance, repair, window replacement, and demolition activities affecting more than six square feet of painted surface or other coatings in a room or more than 20 square feet of painted surface or other coatings on the exterior of a regulated facility.

The rule does not apply to:

• Minor repair and maintenance that disrupts six square feet or less of painted or coated surface per room and 20 square feet or less of painted or coated surface for exterior projects. Window removal and demolition activities are subject to the rule.

• Renovations where it is determined the renovation will not involve lead-based paint or other lead containing coatings. This determination can be made by a Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) certified inspector, risk assessor, or renovator (see https://documents.deq.utah.gov/air-quality/compliance/atlas/DAQ-2017-002403.pdf).

• Owner-occupied housing where the owner is performing his/her own renovation work.

Click this link below to view the entire Utah Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule pamphlet by the DAQ.https://deq.utah.gov/legacy/programs/air-quality/lead/docs/2012/09Sep/UtahRRPPamphlet.pdf