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FAQs

Maryland Lead Inspection Services - Lead Inspection Certificate for Residential Rental Properties.

Do You Offer Specialized Services?

YES, we do!

  

Would you like a bi-annual reminder when the EPA and MDE required pamphlets are due?


Would you like us to distribute those pamphlets and get the tenant’s signatures? *Fee Required


Do you need written reports with photos when defects are found?


We can provide.

Maryland Lead Inspection Services - Lead Inspection Testing for Residential Rental Properties.

What Does It Cost?

No Site-Visit charge if the property is ready for inspection - learn more below:


  • $20 per sample, up to 15 dust samples.
  • $15 per sample if more than 15 dust samples are taken
  • $5 for the MDE required “Field Blank” sample (1 per inspection)
  • $75 for consultation visits, or site visits without inspection

Example: Inspection of a typical 2 bedroom home that also has a hallway, living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and basement (8 rooms), with replacement windows would cost $165.00 total.


The cost includes the visual inspection, dust-wipe sampling, lab costs, Lead Certificates for the owner and the tenant, and all filing with MDE. 

Maryland Lead Inspection Services - Lead Inspection Testing for Residential Rental Properties.

How Do I Prepare My Unit for Lead Inspection?

This is the visual part of the inspection, and any detail-oriented person can make sure their property is ready for inspection.


As stated in Maryland Law…

…“the property can have NO chipping, flaking, peeling, or chalking paint anywhere on the property, inside or outside, including permanent sheds, garages, or other outbuildings within approximately 75’ of the residence”…


If the paint is in good condition, and the unit is CLEAN, there should be no problem proceeding with AND PASSING the dust-wipe test.  

Why is a Lead Inspection Necessary?

The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust found in deteriorating buildings or homes undergoing renovation. It is ingested through children's normal hand-to-mouth activity. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. However, approximately 24 million housing units in the United States have deteriorated leaded paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2004 American Community Survey, 95 percent of the 449,000 Maryland residential homes built before 1950 contain lead paint, while 75 percent of the 972,000 houses built between 1950-1979 are likely to have lead paint. 


Approximately 310,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels greater than the Centers for Disease Control recommended level of 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. In the year 2005, 99,148 Maryland children received a blood lead test, and 1,331 of them tested positive at this level of concern. 

What is Maryland’s Lead Prevention Law?

Maryland’s Environment Article Title 6, Subtitle 8 is one of the few primary prevention laws in the nation that has worked to drastically reduce children’s exposure to lead-based paint in Maryland’s pre-1950 rental properties. Under the 1994 law, MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950. Maryland maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units, and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of all children tested in the state. The “100 percent rule” of the law that became effective in February 2006, extends this requirement to all pre-1950 residential rental properties regardless of whether there has ever been a change in occupancy. Currently, 85 percent of property owners obtained at least one Full Risk Reduction Lead Inspection Certificate. In fiscal year 2006, 18,000 new registrations were added to the registry, resulting in 87 percent of pre-1950 housing units are registered or certified as lead free. 


It was not until 1978 that the use of lead in residential paint products was completely banned however, and a survey of homes built between 1950 and 1978 fount that as much as 75% of homes built between those years still contained a significant amount of lead-based paint used during their construction. 


For this reason, in 2015 the law was amended to mandate that all residential rental properties in Maryland built before 1978 be tested and found to either be Lead-Free, or pass Full Risk Reduction Dust Wipe Sampling at each tenant turnover. 


  

Partially as a result of the passage of these laws, and the participation in the program by Maryland rental property owners, the instance of childhood lead poisoning in Maryland has dropped by over 90%, a far greater number than in states that do not have a similar program.