EMC Environmental, LLC Specializes in lead based paint inspections using an
RMD LPA-1 XRF spectrum analyzer. We perform inspections on single, multi-family
dewllings as well as apartment buildings. We can cover all your inspection needs, weather it is for home owners insurance or to get approved for a mortage
or even to comply with the states new 5 year inspection. We can do it all. We cover the entire state of New Jersey.
We also offer Risk Assessment and Post-Abatement Clearance Testing.
EMC Lead Testing is now certified to test for Mold!
EMC Lead Testing is a certifed Asbestos Building inspector. We can test for asbestos in New Jersey.
We can test your home if you are planning on renovations or just want to know if there is asbestos in your home.
Pre-demolition asbestos reports for town complaince.
Renovating your home? Read This.
Lead Based Paint
Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in
and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral
problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old
and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly. Lead-based paints were used in many homes prior to its banning by the federal government
in 1978. Lead-based paints, as the name implies, contains lead. Many documented cases
of lead poisoning can be attributed to lead contamination resulting from the degradation
of such paints.
EPA is playing a major role in addressing these residential lead hazards. In 1978,
there were nearly three to four million children with elevated blood lead levels in
the United States. By 2002, that number had dropped to 310,000 kids, and it continues
Lead poisoning can occur when lead dust is ingested if inhaled and the concentration of
lead in the body will grow over time with continued exposure. Physical symptoms of
lead poisoning in children can include: damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior
and learning problems, slowed physical development, hearing problems, and chronic
headaches. Adults are also affected and can have: difficulties during pregnancy,
reproductive problems, high blood pressure, digestive problems, nerve disorders,
memory and concentration problems, muscle and joint pain.
Where is lead Found?
*In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. *
* Paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal
government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states
stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found:
o In homes in the city, country, or suburbs.
o In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing.
o Inside and outside of the house.
* In soil around a home. (Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other
sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars.)
* Household dust. (Dust can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint
or from soil tracked into a home.)
* Drinking water. Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder.
Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing
your water. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will
not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it:
o Use only cold water for drinking and cooking.
o Run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you
have not used your water for a few hours.
* The job. If you work with lead, you could bring it home on your hands or
clothes. Shower and change clothes before coming home. Launder your work
clothes separately from the rest of your family's clothes.
* Old painted toys and furniture.
* Food and liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain.
* Lead smelters or other industries that release lead into the air.
* Hobbies that use lead, such as making pottery or stained glass, or refinishing
* Folk remedies that contain lead, such as "greta" and "azarcon" used to treat
an upset stomach.
Where Lead is Likely to be a Hazard
*Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can't always see,
can be serious hazards.*
* Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs
* Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can
chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear. These areas include:
o Windows and window sills.
o Doors and door frames.
o Stairs, railings, and banisters.
o Porches and fences.
Note: Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard.
* Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated.
Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust
can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter
the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it.
* Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when people bring
soil into the house on their shoes. Contact the National Lead Information Center
(NLIC) to find out about testing soil for lead.