St. Louis Lead Testing and Inspection Services
From The Experts At St. John Environmental Consulting
Whether you’re a new home buyer concerned about the possibility of lead-based paint in a home built prior to 1978, or even a renter signing a lease for housing built before 1978, our experts can determine your risk for lead exposure in the residence. Lead is a natural element found in the Earth’s crust. Lead can be found in various parts of the environment, including soil, water, and air. The federal government has regulatory standards in order to reduce human exposure to lead through air pollution, drinking water, consumer products, and home and occupational settings.
The Process Of Testing For Lead
We use the latest XRF technology that is both EPA and HUD approved. Any time you are remodeling, demolishing, repairing or otherwise disturbing materials that may contain lead, a lead inspection is required. recommended.
A Missouri or Illinois accredited lead inspector or risk assessor will help you to determine the appropriate sampling plan and protocol to ensure that you protect yourself from health impacts and liabilities of lead, without wasting money on abating unnecessary materials.
It is always better to hire a qualified professional for the removal and remediation process. We can provide you with a list of qualified remediation companies.
Lead In Your Home Or Business
Making A Start
If you are in the process of renting or buying a new home, congratulations! The search process for a new home can be arduous, but when you have found the perfect place to raise your family, it will all be worth it. However, ensuring that your home is up-to-par on inspections and is hazard-free for you and your family is important. For homes built before 1978, conducting lead testing and inspections to ensure your home is not contaminated by lead based paint or other sources of lead is crucial. If you are worried about lead exposure for you and your family, this guide will help you navigate the ins and outs and show you what to do if you think your home or workplace may be exposed.
Lead In Your Home
Lead exposure in your home can happen in a number of ways. The first step is to identify possible sources of lead in your home to prevent exposure for you and your family. Common sources of lead exposure in homes and buildings include:
Lead-based paint in older homes and buildings.
If your home was built before 1978, it may contain lead-based paint. The use of lead-based paint in homes was banned in 1978, but 24 percent of homes built in the 1960s, 69 percent of homes built between 1940 and 1959, and 87 percent of homes built before 1940 contain lead based paint. If lead paint is in good shape, it typically isn’t hazardous; the problem is when the paint starts to crack and chip. Surfaces that get a lot of wear and tear can be highly problematic because these areas are more likely to have chipped paint, which releases lead into the air. These areas include:
- Window sills and tracks
- Doors and surrounding areas
- Banisters and railings that have been painted with lead-based paint
- Gates and fences, especially in the handle area
If you think your home may be contaminated with lead-based paint, contact us today to schedule an inspection.
Soil And Water Testing
Soil and Water can include: Soil testing (lead, arsenic, cadmium, and almost any other factor requested), Brief property diagram, Collect samples, Analyze for lead in ppm (other metals may also be included), Drinking water testing (including lead, copper, arsenic, bacteria and almost any other factor requested), Collect samples, and Analyze drinking water for quantity of lead (micrograms per liter).
Partial Lead Testing
Partial Lead testing may include a brief consultation with the client to determine appropriate scope of inspections. Will will provide direct XRF testing of all surfaces requested by the client, and final reporting on all tested materials.
Pre-construction XRF testing of painted or stained materials Floor-plan of areas slated for disturbance Direct testing of all materials to be disturbed during remodeling Immediate on-site results Final reporting meeting all local, state, or federal guidelines that are applicable Soil testing Collect and analyze soil near remodeling to generate a pre-construction baseline (this can be used by contractors to ensure they are not held liable for soil that was contaminated before work has begun) Clearance inspections (compliant with HUD and section 8) Evaluation of history and documentation of the project Visual inspections of areas included in construction to determine if dust is present Dust-wipe sampling and analysis to determine lead content (micrograms per square foot) Soil testing and visual clearance for paint chips Direct XRF testing of all areas of damaged paint listed in section 8 paperwork Final reporting compliant with HUD standards Collect representative sampling of debris (this is required for all full demolition projects in homes built before 1978) Send samples for analysis to determine appropriate waste stream Final reporting on hazardous waste designation Complete survey and testing of all painted surfaces in accordance with HUD standards Final reporting compliant with HUD standards
St. John Environmental Consulting LLC, (SEC) is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
The founder of SEC, Ian St. John, has worked in the environmental field since 1999. SEC provides safe, high-quality services to its clients. The company strives to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction through its ability to deliver high-value services to a growing list of federal, state, and private clients.
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The Dangers Of Lead
No amount of exposure to Lead is considered safe, people should take precaution to prevent exposure to Lead.
Lead is a toxic substance, and high levels of exposure can have serious health consequences. Lead can build up in the body and travel throughout your system to the brain, kidneys, and bones. If you are exposed to lead while pregnant, your growing baby can also be at risk for exposure. Finally, children under the age of six are particularly susceptible to this type of toxin. Symptoms of lead poisoning include:
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain and vomiting
- Developmental delay and learning difficulties in children
Children are especially susceptible to lead poisoning, so ensuring that no hazardous lead-based painted areas are within their reach is crucial!
Testing is the first step in keeping your family & business safe.
Lead can build up in the body and travel throughout your system to the brain, kidneys, and bones.
We can provide you with a list of qualified remediation companies.
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