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What to Expect in the Lead Inspection Process

VACANT Inspection


 By law, the Lead Paint Inspection should be performed at tenant turnover, while the unit is still vacant. This is also the most convenient time, since the inspector must have access to all areas of the unit without wanting to disturb a tenants’ belongings. 



If it is necessary to perform the inspection in an occupied unit, prepare the tenant for the inspection by telling them ahead of time that the inspector will need access to ALL rooms within the unit, including attic and basement spaces if there are any. If the tenant has any pets, they should be kept out of the way during the inspection.

Property Owner Attendance


It is not necessary for the owner/manager to be present during the lead inspection. If the owner/manager chooses not to be present, any defects noted will be photographed and described in a written report which can be mailed or emailed to the owner/manager. 

How to prepare for your Lead Inspection...


Ideally, the unit should be cleaned immediately prior to the inspection to minimize the chances that the inspection will pick up trace amounts of lead that might be tracked or carried in on a person’s shoes, clothing, or tools. Pay particular attention to windowsills, window wells, and floors.

STEP #1 - Visual Review



The first thing the Inspector will do is to verify that there is NO chipping, flaking, peeling, or chalking paint anywhere on the property, either inside OR outside, including permanent structures within 75’ of  the residence, including sheds, garages, outbuildings, fences, railings, etc. 

Any defective paint discovered will need to be corrected prior to the Dust Wipe Sampling, which will mean an additional visit by the inspector, and will incur a $75 site visit fee. To save yourself time and money, please try to make sure the paint is in good condition prior to the inspection.

STEP #2 - Dust Wipe Sampling

MD Lead Inspection Services - Dust Wipe Sampling Supplies

Once the paint has been verified to be in good condition, the Inspector will begin the Dust-Wipe Sampling process. The Inspector uses specially manufactured wipes (similar to the moist towelettes that you get in some restaurants) and will wipe a measured area of a floor, window sill, or window well (the “well” is the area just behind the sill where the bottom of the sash touches down).

ALL rooms and hallways (even if they do not have a window) require that 1 sample be taken, either from a window sill or the floor, at the Inspector’s discretion. Any room that has at least 1 wooden sash window that opens must have one additional sample taken from a window well. 

What to do next...




All of your samples passed the Lead Inspection process!

We will issue a certificate with lab results to you, and will also take care of all state required reporting.

You will also receive a copy of the certificate for your tenant.

Don't forget to provide your tenant with the two pamphlets: "Notice of Tenants Rights", and Protect Your Family From Lead In The Home". You can download these pamphlets HERE!

In the event of a FAILURE...


Don't PANIC!

The state allows you 30 days to make any necessary repairs to the failed area/s, and complete the Lead Inspection process.

Often the solution is as easy as cleaning the failed area/s and re-testing, but be sure to look for any potential sources of contamination, such as wooden windows or doors that rub when opening or closing. 

Make any repairs prior to re-testing, and as always, the key is to make sure the area is CLEAN!