Maryland Lead Inspections
1 September, 2011 at 4:07 am in Real Estate
Phone Number : 301-580-6844
Location : Maryland
Website : http://www.adpinspections.comSend Inquiry
All homes built prior to January 1, 1950 need to be tested for the prescense of lead. Homes built after that time but prior to January 1, 1978 should be tested also. While the risk was slightly reduced after 1950, it wasn't until 1978 that federal government banned lead-based paint from use in housing.
According to Maryland COMAR Regulation 26.16.02.02: "Lead-contaminated dust" means dust with a lead content equal to or greater than:
(a) 40 micrograms per square foot in dust collected from a floor;
(b) 250 micrograms per square foot in dust collected from a window sill; or
(c) 400 micrograms per square foot in dust collected from a window well.
Lead can also be found in drinking water. Please refer to our Water Testing
page for information on lead in water.
We are licensed by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Our license can be verified by selecting the link above. We are also fully insured to provide this service.
When is a Lead Inspection needed?
A Lead Inspection is required of all Maryland Rental Properties, if applicable due to the age of the property, and must be completed at each rental turnover. If the property has been deemed Limited Lead Free, an inspection must take place every two years regardless of turnover or occupancy. The property must be registered with the MDE. "Owners who are in compliance with this Maryland law are eligible for limited liability protection." (MDE)
Information for Rental Owners
If the propery is located in Baltimore County, the Lead Inspection must be completed as part of the Rental Registration. Please see our Baltimore Rental Inspections for more information.
If you are a tenant, renting property in Maryland, find out the age of the property and then ensure that the property has been tested as required by Maryland Regulations. Infants, children under 6 years of age, pregnant women are at the highest risk for lead poisoning. Properly inspected properties are required to display either a Maryland 330 Form or a Lead Free Certificate.
Information for Tenants
What is a Lead Inspection?
A Visual Inspection is performed to detect the prescence of chipping and/or peeling paint, or painted surfaces in both the interior and exterior of the home. This includes all painted surfaces, as defined below in the How to Prepare for a Lead Inspection.
All painted surfaces must be a smooth, cleanable surface to pass a Visual Inspection. Once this initial step of the inspection is completed, a Dust Wipe Inspection is performed. Selected surfaces are swiped with a sealed sterile wipe. The number of swipes included in the Dust Wipe Inspection varies by the number of windows and rooms in the property.
Once the Dust Wipe Inspection is compelted, a third party lab will test the wipes for the prescence of lead.
How to Prepare for a Lead Inspection?
All painted surfaces, defind by the EPA as "all surfaces coated with paint, shellac, varnish, stain, coating, or even paint covered wallpaper", must be a smooth, cleanable surface.
In order for the Lead Inspection to take place, which consists of both a Visual Inspection and a Dust Wipe Inspection, all painted surfaces must be intact, and clean, and the property as free from dust as possible. Carpeted surfaces will also be tested. The use of a vacuum with a HEPA filter is recommended. Additionally, all windows must be operable.
Please complete the Request Inspection page if you are interesteed in scheduling an inspection, or Contact Us with any questions.