Lead has long been recognized as a harmful pollutant. In homes with small children, it is especially important to identify the lead hazards since small children are more likely to suffer from lead exposure.
A lead inspection is a key step in identifying lead hazards within your home. If your home was built before 1978, there is a chance that lead-based paint was used on the interior or exterior or both. And regulations require that target housing or child-occupied facilities constructed prior to 1978 be inspected for lead prior to any renovations or repairs. The only way to know if you are at risk is to have an inspection. Our accredited lead inspectors utilize the most state-of-the-art technology for their inspections, giving you immediate results in most cases.
While our lead inspectors will identify any lead-based paint, they can also assist you in determining your risk for lead exposure in your home. The most common route for lead to enter the body is from dust, which can originate from deteriorating lead-based paint and/or lead-contaminated soil that can be tracked in from outside. A risk assessment can provide you the assurance that your family is not being exposed to levels of lead that are detrimental to your health.
It is not just residential customers that should be concerned about lead. Commercial clients can also be at risk for lead exposure during renovation projects. Lead monitoring is an effective tool in assessing your employees’ personal protective equipment needs while they are working with surfaces coated with lead-based paint.
The most common method used for identifying asbestos in bulk samples is Polarized Light Microscope (PLM). Another method used for identifying asbestos in bulk samples is Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). PLM is less expensive, but TEM is more precise and can be used at lower concentrations of asbestos.
If asbestos abatement is performed, completion of the abatement is verified using visual confirmation. Air sampling may also be required depending on the circumstances, including but not limited to, the amount of asbestos abated, as well as the method of abatement. Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) is the most common method used for asbestos air sampling, and airborne occupational exposure limits for asbestos are based on the PCM method.
Phoenix EnviroCorp’s inspectors and risk assessors are accredited in the state of North Carolina. They can provide lead inspections via an XRF survey or via paint chip sampling, whichever is required of the project. We can also collect samples to determine the lead content in dust, soil, and air.
Let us provide you peace of mind before your next renovation project, call Phoenix EnviroCorp for your lead inspection!