In 1951, Baltimore banned the use of lead pigment in interior paint used in Baltimore housing and buildings. This was the first such restriction in the country. In 1971, the Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention Act was passed. In 1978, the federal government banned all consumer use of lead paints. The purpose of this law was due to research that concluded that lead is a toxic metal that can cause very serious health problems if it is ingested, or if dust-containing lead is inhaled. Prior to 1978, this particular toxic kind of paint was regularly used in exterior and interior paint in homes and buildings. Once it has been determined by lead paint testing that lead is indeed present, it can begin to deteriorate and the lead dust and flakes begin accumulating on surfaces such as window sills, countertops, floors and even children’s toys, clothes and bedding. Baltimore Lead and Paint Inspection understand the importance of our children. Keeping them safe and healthy is something a price cannot be placed upon. We want to not only provide fantastic customer service but also to be sure our client is as educated as possible regarding the adverse effects of lead paint. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of lead paint exposure because often times they are more likely to have the tendency to put things in their mouths making lead easily digested into the body.
Children’s growing bodies absorb more lead than the adult body does. A young child’s brain and nervous system are far more sensitive to the damage lead can cause. Lead also poses heightened threat for pregnant mothers as lead can be transferred to the fetus causing possible pre-mature birth, low birth weight and brain and nervous system damage. Lead paint affects pets and adults as well however symptoms can be minor and not easily detected.
Lead paint exposure symptoms include kidney damage, confusion, behavior and learning disabilities, slowed growth, poor muscle mobility, hearing issues, headaches, high blood pressure, muscle and joint pain, fertility problems and anemia.
While studies are constantly being conducted on the effects of lead paint, we never know the full range of damage it can cause.
Baltimore Lead and Paint Inspection specialize in quickly determining if your home or facility has been affected by lead. XRF lead inspection provides on the spot results. Since the discovery of lead’s serious medical concerns, many class action lawsuits have been introduced. This is why it is now a requirement in the state of Maryland to conduct this lead inspection.
According to state regulation all persons performing lead paint inspection must be trained by the MDE or Department of the environment’s accredited and licensed training provider. The technician must apply for and receive accreditation to perform lead paint testing.
Our dedicated Lead Paint inspectors meet all of these requirements and will provide the 330 forms and all necessary documentation to assess whether lead is present in residential or commercial facilities.
Baltimore is particularly vulnerable to lead paint as many of the row homes and buildings were in fact built before 1978. Our courteous and knowledgeable technicians at Baltimore Lead and Paint Inspection are well versed in instructing our client’s on how to move forward if lead is present and how to handle abatement of the lead so that your home is a safe and secure environment. Lead CAN be removed and we will provide all information related to doing so.
Paint manufacturers have now replaced the white-pigmented lead with a much less toxic substitute called titanium dioxide and have been considered safe enough even to use as food coloring and in toothpaste.
Baltimore Lead and Paint Inspection provide a surface-by-surface investigation. The risk assessment is provided on site to determine the type, severity and presence of lead based paint hazard and suggested remedies to control them. A certified inspector and Baltimore Lead can only perform this assessment and Paint Inspection has only the most professional inspectors in your local area.
Baltimore Lead and Paint Inspection are fully accredited and always available to contact for any questions or concerns. We offer free quotes either in person or via email and phone. Our purpose is to provide quality inspection as conveniently and expeditiously as possible. We hope to create a lasting impression with a hometown disposition. We know the importance of feeling secure within the walls of your home and aim to provide that. In some cases you may be purchasing a new home and are eager to begin this new chapter of your life. So much attention to detail, decisions and paperwork are associated with the purchase of a home. Let Baltimore Lead and Paint Inspection execute one less task in the least need for your time.
Having your home evaluated and certified lead paint free will not only provide ease of mind but also value should sale of the home be a consideration in the future.
Whether you are renovating a home existing prior to 1978 or purchasing one, Baltimore Lead and Paint Inspection is a full service-testing source.
Our primary goal is to protect the health of yourself and your family. Our commitment is to provide extremely quick response times, sound advice and remedial plans to ensure proper procedure in prevention and care.
Contact our dedicated technicians today for a free quote and have your inspection executed the same day!