As a contractor, the presence (or absence) of lead-based paint in a pre-1978 home or child-occupied facility that you will be working at will determine the way you perform your work, the amount of your contract, and the amount of liability you’ll take on.

Once lead-based paint, or lead-based paint hazards have been identified, your work area not only becomes a health hazard to you and your homeowners. but is also a potential liability for you as the contractor responsible for the project.  As a certified lead-safe renovator, you are fully prepared to test for lead and follow your lead-safe work practices.  However, when you have a larger project – multiple rooms, multiple window replacement, complete remodel – having a lead inspection performed is a more cost-effective and reliable method for determining whether or not lead-based paint is present.  There are several types of inspections that can be performed based upon your project:

  • Complete Lead Inspection This is a comprehensive analysis of every painted surface inside and outside of the home.  Clients who are going to perform extensive renovation work are highly encouraged to take advantage of this type of inspection.  Results are obtained on-site and are immediately available, followed by a written report within 48 hours.
  • Component Testing This type of inspection is an analysis of the lead content of a specific painted surface and classifies the results as either positive or negative for lead-based paint.  This type of inspection is useful for contractors that need to know where lead is located in a specific work area rather than having to use multiple test kits.  Results are obtained on-site and are immediately available, , followed by a written report within 48 hours.
  • XRF Lead Hazard Screening This type of inspection provides general information abouth the home as it pertains to lead-based paint and possible problem areas.  The inspection focuses on friction and impact surfaces that could pose a threat if lead-based paint was present, such as doors, door jambs, baseboards, and windows.  This type of inspection is useful for real estate agents and their clients when listing a home, as well as evaluating a home to purchase.  Results are obtained on-site and are immediately available, , followed by a written report within 48 hours.
  • Risk Assessment This type of inspection identifies if lead-based paint hazards exist and, if so, provides solutions on reducing and managing such hazards until such time as complete abatement takes place.   This type of inspection is useful for homeowners and property managers that need to know what hazards exist and how to manage them.  Results are obtained on-site and the written report containing hazard management solutions is available within 48 hours.
  • Clearance Testing This type of inspection is performed to make sure that the cleaning procedure after the renovation or abatement work was done correctly, and to ensure that the work has been acceptable completed and is safe for reoccupation.  Clearance testing also deterines whether or not lead safe work practices were used while work was being performed.  This type of inspection is useful for contractors that have performed lead abatement, as well as contractors that need to establish that as of a particular date and time the work space was in a lead safe condition.  Results are obtained on-site and are immediately available, followed by a written report within 48 hours.
  • Certified Lead-Free Inspection This type of inspection is only available in Iowa and is a comprehensive of the lead contenet of every painted surface inside and outside the house or building.  If the entire house, inside and out, tests negative for lead-based paint, the property is certified as lead-free.  THis type of inspection is especially useful for rental properties, as landlords and building owners can use this report in place of pre-renovation notification and rental disclosure for lead.  Results are obtained on-site and are immediately available, followed by a written report within 5 business days.