RRP/US EPA Enforcement & DIY Lead Testing
If You Are Going To Do Your Own Lead Testing ...
Whether you are doing exterior painting, kitchen remodels, room additions, or any other project that may potentially disturb lead based paint in pre-1978 houses, and choose to do your own lead testing, remember that there are US EPA guidelines that you must follow and the federal government is doing enforcement!
Know and complete the minimum number of required samples for your projects - for example:
Exterior Painting - 6 to 10 samples - Door, window, wall, roof eave, gutter, porch and different construction eras or materials such as wood and stucco walls, or different window casings.
Kitchen Remodels - 3 to 6 samples - Each wall being disturbed, cabinets, window and door components and wall baseboards.
Room Additions - 7 - 10 samples - Exterior and interior walls and windows, baseboards, roof eaves, and gutters.
Within 30 days, you must provide your owner with the requisite written report of your findings. Be careful to be accurate as you are increasing your Errors & Omissions liability! And then make sure you have clear and concise documentation in the event of a US EPA audit of your records.
Bear in mind that lead paint test strips can give you false positives and false negatives if not used properly and cause damage to surfaces being tested.
OR! Take your company out of the liability loop and hire a CA State Certified Lead Paint Inspector, such as The Lead Detective Agency, to provide your clients with hassle free, highly accurate, non-invasive lead paint testing and legally acceptable reports. We provide you with accurate information to either guide you in your lead-safe remodel or to get yourself out of "the system" once and for all, at a reasonable cost.