Contractor Lead Testing

Special Limited Lead Based Paint Testing for Contractors

XRF Analyzer (X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer)
We have special limited test packages that involve only testing the components effected by the renovation that are not only reasonable (contractor discounts for repeat business) but will ultimately increase your bottom line and peace of mind.

There are a lot of misunderstandings renovators have when it comes to the new EPA regulations. For example: when it comes to replacing stained cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens, replacing unpainted aluminum windows or even just replacing tile flooring or countertops. Some of them think you don’t need lead containment at all because these items are not painted. The stain on the cabinets and the glaze on the tile could contain lead and that is regulated. When replacing the cabinet or the unpainted window they may think they are not disturbing over 6 square feet of painted surface. The truth is if the cabinet is connected to a painted wall or glazed floor and the cabinet is over 6 square feet then containment is required and the 6 square foot rule does not apply to window replacement even if it isn't painted as long as you are removing it from another painted surface unless you confirm there is no lead in any of these surfaces. For all of these things you must follow the "Work Practices and Record Keeping" or prove there is no lead present. Even the tub in the bathroom could contain lead in the glaze.

Some contractors have opted not to test at all and just do the renovation using "Lead Safe Work Practices and the Record Keeping". The elimination of the opt-out clause on July 6th, 2010 made it hard enough for contractors, but the possibility of more stringent requirements in 2011 eliminating the ability of Certified Renovators to use Cleaning Verification Procedures will have a much more profound impact on the job cost and the ability of a contractor to get paid. If a contractor assumes lead is present and does the work using "Lead Safe Work Practices", Then they will have to pay a third party Certified Lead Paint Inspector/Risk Assessor to conduct a "Dust Wipe Clearance" and send it to a lab to be tested after the job is complete. This will increase testing costs further, delay getting paid on the job, more record keeping and may increase costs of material and labor further by having to re-clean the worksite and pay the Inspector/Risk Assessor to re-test.

Contractors are beginning to realize that the record keeping is really starting to stack up, not to mention the extra material and labor cost with these installations. The biggest unseen cost is the future liability of doing a lot of this work in target housing. Even when using renovators who are subs, the liability of fines and litigation ultimately lies with the name of the firm whom the customer paid. If a renovator even checks the wrong box on a form that could be an EPA fine up to $37,500.00. So just doing the work assuming lead is present is not very practical anymore.

Some contractors are using the EPA recognized renovator test kits when renovating to eliminate some of the need for having to use the "Lead Safe Work Practices and Record Keeping". Of course this method is destructive to painted surfaces and cannot be used on all surfaces effected by some renovations, but the real downside for this approach is the false positive readings they give which forces you to then do unnecessary work practices. The more work practices you are forced to perform, the more material and labor you use and the more opportunities you create for fines and litigation. Ignoring the EPA rules and the "Lead Safe Work Practices" is a felony with possible fines and imprisonment.

When doing a small remodel of a room or to a full house, testing the entire home is always the best for the homeowner because they will never have to do it again, but the contractor doesn’t need that for his job. The best choice for a contractor is to have an accurate "Limited LBP Testing" using an XRF analyzer. Since homes built from 1950 and up test negative much more often than not when using this accurate test method this will result in a reduction of unnecessary work practices which saves material and labor. A reduction in renovator paperwork which results in a reduction of exposure to potential fines and litigation.