BERKELEY’S ALAMEDA COUNTY – LEAD PAINT INSPECTION
The danger posed by lead paint is due to the dust and chips created when it is disturbed or as it degrades over time. Lead was a ubiquitous paint additive through 1978, creating a lead paint exposure risk in buildings constructed or painted before that year. Because about 3 in every 4 homes in Berkeley’s Alameda County were built prior to 1978, lead paint exposure and lead poisoning are significant risks.
Environmental Inspection Services will send our lead inspectors, certified by the CA Department of Public Health, to assess your home or building and provide a report detailing our findings of lead paint or soil and dust that has been contaminated with lead paint dust.
Environmental Inspection Services offers both wipe sampling under and around windowsills, as well as comprehensive lead paint surveys of either every surface in the structure or all surfaces in a specific section with an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device. Neither method requires us to chip, scrape, or otherwise damage your paint.
Environmental Inspection Services advises you to use lead-safe practices if lead is found, regardless of the specific levels.
In Berkeley’s Alameda County, state regulations classify paint that the XRF finds to have one milligram per square centimeter or more lead to be lead paint. Our lab lead paint tests consider paint that is .5% or greater lead by weight to be lead paint.
Los Angeles/Orange County: http://www.aqmd.gov/home/regulations/compliance/asbestos-demolition-removal
San Francisco/Bay Area: http://www.baaqmd.gov/permits/asbestos