An asbestos test is used to determine if specific materials used in the house contain asbestos. Common materials are insulation, ducting tape, ceiling plasters, and some exterior siding. A sample is taken of the material and taken to a lab to determine if the material does contain asbestos. The samples will be sent next day air to the lab. From the day the sample is submitted to the lab to when the results are received is 3 business days or less.
A sample asbestos test can be seen on our Resources page.
Lead Paint Testing
Lead-based paint, in good condition, does not present a health hazard. However, paint left in poor repair, chipped, and peeling can be ingested. The presence of lead in people can cause adverse health effects, especially in children. Even low levels of lead can affect learning abilities, behavior, and brain development. Homes and apartments built before 1978 could have paint that contains lead. The International Property Maintenance Code Section 305.7 requires lead based paint greater than .5% must be removed or encapsulated as approved by the code official. Landlords and home sellers are required to disclose known hazards for lead-based paint. When remodeling a home with lead-based paint, it is important to take proper precautions because renovations can release lead from paint into the air.Sources for Lead
- Chipped or peeling paint from surfaces painted before 1978
- Drinking water from lead pipes
- Old painted toys and furniture
- Using lead crystal or lead glazed pottery for food or drink
- Folk remedies that contain lead
A lead paint test is used to determine if paint that has been used in the house is lead based. A small sample of paint is taken and tested with a kit on site. It will be determined on site if the paint tested does contain lead.