Should the lead consultant discover lead at a test site, it does not necessarily spell doom and gloom. AAA Lead Consultants are experts in the field of lead and lead-based paints; a certified lead paint inspector is practiced and knowledgeable in inspecting and eliminating dangerous lead hazards from your home or business. AAA Lead Consultants works to provide our customers with cost effective inspection, risk assessment, and abatement services throughout Southern California, especially Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County.
The California Department of Health advises that the best approach in protecting children from the harmful effects of lead is to stop them from coming into contact with lead. Generally, that means finding the lead source and removing it from the environment. In this context, you will often see the term abatement. Abatement refers to any steps designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. This includes the removal of lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust, the permanent encapsulation of lead-based paint, replacement of lead-painted surfaces or fixtures, and the removal or covering of lead contaminated soil. It will also include all preparation, cleanup, disposal, and post-abatement clearance testing activity.
After a lead test using AAA Lead Consultants’ high-tech inspection tools, the inspector will provide you with a detailed report which will pinpoint the presence of any lead hazards. Any existing lead hazards can then be effectively dealt with. If the traces of lead are safely encapsulated within stable layers of paint, nothing else needs to be done. If lead is found in exposed or peeling paint, removal by professionals is recommended. Doing the job yourself could potentially make things worse. If lead is found in water, then the source of the lead (e.g. pipes) will need to be removed or in place management techniques implemented such as running the water for 60 seconds before use, or installing a lead removing water filter. If contaminated soil is discovered, one of our knowledgeable lead consultants can make practical suggestions for in place management of contaminated areas possibly avoiding the cost of soil removal from the site.
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As a lead consultant, AAA Lead does not conduct lead abatement/remediation; our job is to oversee the work done by professionals, and ensure that OSHA standards are met. Upon completion of the lead removal, a lead paint inspector from AAA Lead Consultants will conduct follow up lead tests to ensure a safe and healthy site. [Sources: California Department of Public Health, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Wikipedia]
For more information, download these EPA publications. You will need Adobe Reader (Download Here) to view some of the files on this page.
The Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Education Rule: A Handbook for Contractors, Property Mangers, and Maintenance Personnel (PDF) (16 pp, 360K)
Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work (PDF) (84 pp, 1.3MB)