At The Healthy Abode Inc. we perform Lead Testing. We are EPA certified and testing in compliance with the RRP Rule, EPA. We are fully insured and WSIB. Our reports are fully legal and certified.
We area able to get you your final lead report in as little as 2 business days. Contact us or call for an estimate over the phone, 647-889-2254.
Initial Meeting over Phone: When you decide to call The Healthy Abode Inc., we will
knowledgeably answer all of your questions and provide you with a detailed account
of our services, if requested.
Visual Inspection: If you and one of our certified inspectors agree that your home
may contain lead in paint and/or lead in water (piping/soldering), we will come to
your home and perform a visual inspection. This is when we will establish which
areas in your home need to be tested.
Pre-Inspection Report: Before beginning the visual inspection we will sit down
with you and ask some important questions about your home (this is considered the
Professional Sampling: The Healthy Abode Inc. is qualified to perform any type of
necessary sampling in your home. This includes the following sampling techniques,
water, surface/bulk and dust sampling. For these procedures, we only perform the
necessary sampling and we only use professional equipment. For lead we typically
take a piece of the material that we are concerned may contain lead (i.e. a paint
chip) and submit this to the laboratory for testing; this sampling type is called bulk
Sampling sent to a Certified Third Party Laboratory: We submit our sample(s)
to a third party laboratory the same day that they were taken from your home.
The turn around time for the lab is 4-5 business days for Bulk and Water samples.
All of our samples are properly labeled and submitted with a Chain of Custody form,
which allows us to trace possession of the sample from the point of collection to
receipt from the lab. This maintains the integrity of your samples.
Written Report of the Results: The laboratory provides a detailed written report
of the samples taken from your home. It will identify the exact quantity of lead is
in the sample (if any), and we will determine if that level is indeed above or below
the safe lead levels according to the US EPA Federal Standard (5000 PPM).
In addition to the laboratory report, The Healthy Abode Inc. provides you with our own
report (including the pre-inspection report) that explains the lab report in further
detail, as well as outlines all of our notes and observations.
Verbal Explanation of the Reports: It is very important to us that you feel comfortable with both the laboratory and inspection reports. This is why we will discuss with you the results and explain them in a manner that satisfies your understanding. At this point we will answer any questions you may have including providing recommendations.
Renovating, Repairing or Painting?
Was your home built before 1976?
If the answer is YES, there are a few important things your need to know about
- Lead can harm children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing
reduced intelligence, learning disabilities and behavioural problems. Lead is
also harmful to adults, particularly pregnant women.
- Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead; this dust
is often invisible.
- Projects that disturb lead-based paint can create dust and endanger you,
your family and your pets.
Few People in Canada may be aware of the amount of lead that still exists in many
of our homes. It wasn’t until 1976 that the Canadian government completely
banned the use of interior lead-based paint. Although known to be harmful, lead-
based paint was used for its’ superior colour and durability. In fact, it is the lead in
paint that makes the colours of painted roadways and bridges so brilliant today.
It would appear, therefore, that lead may no longer be a threat, or is it?
The lead paint that has been on the walls of your home since it was built is still
present under many layers of paint. This lead shouldn’t pose a threat, until it is
disturbed. Lead-based paint that has been disturbed due to renovation such as
removal of walls and window/door fixtures, has become a major cause for concern
in recent years. In fact, in both the United States and Britain, federally mandated
regulations are now law regarding the appropriate clean-up and disposal of lead
dust that results from these types of activities.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT REGULATION
As of April 22, 2010, federal U.S. law (regulated by the EPA and HUD)
requires contractors that disturb lead-based paint in homes, childcare facilities and
schools, built before 1978 (1976 in Canada) to be certified and follow specific work
practices to prevent lead contamination. Lead testing is often required.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour recognized their ‘Lead on Construction Projects Guideline.’ As well, Canada has made several regulations against
lead products, namely lead paint for residential use (banned in 1976), leaded
gasoline and lead in children’s toys. It is foreseeable that Canada will follow suit
with the United States and Britain, and implement its’ own federally mandated
regulations for handling lead-based paint dust and debris, which will likely include lead testing.
HEALTH RISKS OF LEAD
(Note: Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead (EPA))
Children under age six are most at risk from small amounts of lead (EPA)
- Children are at a greater risk that adults because their bodies are
developing. During normal and frequent playing or hand-to-mouth activity,
children may swallow or inhale dust from their hands, toys, food or other
- In children, lead can cause:
- Nervous system and kidney damage
- Decreased intelligence, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and learning disabilities
- Speech, language and behavior problems
- Lead affects every organ system in the body, excluding lungs
Among adults, pregnant women are especially at risk from exposure to
- Lead is passed from the mother to the fetus and can cause:
- Premature births
- Brain damage/
- Low birth weight
Health effects of lead in adults include: (EPA)
- High blood pressure
- Fertility problems and sexual disorders in men and women
- Digestive problems
- Nerve disorders
- Memory and concentration problems
- Muscle and joint pain