Lead Paint Testing Portland, OR
Any Portland-area home built before 1978 may contain lead-based paints, varnishes or stains. At EnviroTest, when we inspect for asbestos containing materials in older homes, our clients often choose to have us test for lead-based paint, as well.
Homeowners often feel a sense of relief by knowing there is no lead-based paint in their home. And even in cases when lead-based paint is found, homeowners are grateful because now they have the knowledge they need and can take the next steps to safeguard their home and their families. The results of our lead tests can help residential DIY remodelers understand where lead-safe renovation practices will be needed.
Any contractor who works on homes built prior to 1978 is required by law to be trained in Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair, and Painting. This is more commonly known as the RRP Rule. Before submitting a bid to perform renovation work, many contractors employ the services of EnviroTest to provide a profile of where lead-based paint is located in the home.
Our Lead Testing Services…
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The EnviroTest team has over 40 years of professional experience and we offer homeowners and contractors in the Portland and Vancouver areas reliable, and cost-effective lead-based paint testing.
Our certifications include:
- General Contractor, CCB# 218776
- Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation Contractor
- Accredited AHERA (asbestos) Building Inspector
- Member, Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
- Member, Professional Remodelers Organization
- Member, National Association of the Remodeling Industry
- Member, Oregon Remodelers Association
- Member, American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
- Member, Northwest Radon Coalition
- Errors and Omissions Insurance
- Pollution Insurance
In addition, we carry both Errors & Omissions and Pollution Insurance policies.
As a conscientious remodel contractor, I do not do any work on any home built prior to 1978 without first consulting Bob Strong from EnviroTest to make sure we get the correct testing done to identify and then ensure the safety of our clients and employees in handling any material that may be a danger. His service is fast and accurate and is important in keeping all of us safe from day one.
Lead Testing FAQ
1. How dangerous is lead?
Lead causes a variety of health problems to people of all ages. Young children are at risk of irreversible brain damage from exposure to high levels of lead. Adults may experience symptoms like high blood pressure, extreme physical fatigue, and reduced sex drive. Modern research suggests that unborn children can also be affected by exposure to lead paint while in the womb.
2. Why was lead used in paint in the first place?
In year’s past, lead was used to make paint dry more quickly, increase the durability of stains and finishes, and to fight against rot and corrosion caused by excess moisture (common in the Pacific Northwest climate). Unfortunately, at the time, the dangerous effects of lead were not well known and lead-based paints and finishes were commonly used before becoming illegal in 1978.
3. Do you only offer lead-based paint testing in conjunction with asbestos inspection services?
Since testing for lead-based paint is nearly always done as a precursor to a demolition or renovation project and all demolition and renovation projects require testing for ACM (asbestos containing materials), the two just go hand-in-hand. Contractors and DIY residential remodelers frequently contract with EnviroTest to do both services at the same time. That said, testing for lead-based paint as a stand-alone service can be contracted for on a case-by-case basis.
4. Can you come out today?
I’ll always do my best to come out to see you as soon as I can. Because lead-paint testing is so fast and easy, our clients often get-same day results and service!