Lead Paint Inspections
The Maryland Lead Risk Reduction in Housing Law requires lead paint inspections for certain situations. A rental unit constructed prior to 1978 must meet applicable inspection standards set forth by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). I am here to help and can walk you though the process. Please read the MDE Lead Registration page for additional information.
Full Risk Reduction Inspections
I will visually inspect the interior and exterior for any chipping, flaking, or peeling paint. If all painted surfaces are in good condition, I will take dust wipe samples. In houses with wooden windows, two samples are taken per room. If vinyl windows are present, only one sample per room is required. Dust samples are then mailed to a laboratory where they are analyzed. If results are satisfactory, I will issue a Full Risk Reduction certificate.
Please follow the steps below to have your lead inspection go as smoothly as possible and to avoid additional fees for re-testing:
- I will need the MDE Tracking Number for the property. To obtain a new Tracking Number or to find the Tracking Number already assigned, call MDE at 410-537-4199 or the MDE Lead Rental Registry Property Search.
- Contact me to set up an appointment. I can usually fit you on the schedule within a few days. Make sure you will have time to complete the steps below.
- If possible, install vinyl windows throughout the property. Old wooden windows are difficult to maintain and almost always lead to a failed inspection.
- Check the condition of all of the paint inside and outside of the home. There should be no chipping, peeling, flaking or damaged paint of any kind including damaged drywall, gouges in paint, worn trim work, or chipped corners. Dust inspection cannot be completed if the paint is not intact!
- Remove any construction debris from the home and thoroughly clean up any paint chips left behind during repairs.
- Clean the entire inside of the home with soap and water. Pay special attention to window wells, window sills, door casings, and flooring.
- After cleaning, vacuum the entire area again using a HEPA or high quality vacuum cleaner.
- Visually inspect the unit and the soil outside the unit to ensure that all areas are free of debris and dust.
The Full Risk reduction certificate that is issued will expire at tenant turnover. A new Full Risk Reduction inspection must take place prior to the new tenants moving into the property.
At this time I do not offer these inspections due to the high cost and the high likelyhood that lead will be found unless the house has been completely remodeled. These inspections are typically at least $200-250 from other providers who use an XRF gun to analyze the layers of paint on all surfaces inside and outside the home. If lead is found, those surfaces will have to be removed and the house re-tested or the owner may have to face the additional cost of a Full Risk Reduction Inspection.
This information was verified correct on December 12, 2017. Please confirm with the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Costs vary based on the size of the property and types of windows. Each room including hallways/bathrooms requires 1 or 2 samples.
The initial cost is $75 plus $15 per sample. Turnaround is about 5 business days but rush processing is available for a fee.
Discounts for repeat customers, multiple units, re-inspections, or when combined with a rental inspection.
Contact me to get scheduled!