Lead Paint Testing:
Envirotech of Fairfield County Inc. is a leader in the Lead Paint Testing. We use an X.R.F. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) uses portable detectors that X-ray a painted surface to measure the amount of lead in all the layers of paint. This type of testing is done in the home and disturbs little, if any, paint. We give to you a computer generated report the same day.
Envirotech is a RRP-Certified Firm.
(EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting).
Envirotech is a RRP training provider.
Certified: Initial: NAT-RV-R-61376-2-EN and Refresher: NAT-RV-R-61376-2-EN
We offer classes in Lead Paint that qualify for the Governmental Regulations towards being certified in Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Our class is an 8 hour course, refresher is a 4 hour course. Cost: Initial, $200., Refresher: $175. Classes are held on a monthly basis, call
1-(203)-748-3111 for the next scheduled class.
The Government requires anyone that is performing renovation, repair, and or projects where painting jobs that disturb lead-based paint, must use certified renovators that are EPA approved.
•Lead paint testing and on site results:
•Lead, water, soil and dust testing:
•Lead dust control services (at windowwells, sills, floors, etc. including all friction points):
•Complete line of EuroClean:
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum This vacuum can remove particles of 0.3 microns or larger from the air at 99.97 per cent or better efficiency.
•Ledisolve cleaning agents:
•Post dust testing with lead dust wipes:
•Complete services performed on-site:
•Complete line of lead reduction equipment:
Lead Management Programs:
•Testing recommended on a six month basis:
•Consultation on and off the site:
•On staff project planners/designers
•Lead management plans:
•Lead Abatement plans:
Where Lead is Found:
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (i.e., lead-based paint). Houses built before 1960 usually have paint with the highest concentrations of lead. Homes built as recently as 1978, however, can also contain lead paint. Approximately 75% of homes built before 1978 (64 million dwellings) contain some lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned lead-based paint from housing. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can be seriously hazardous if not cared for properly. Paint, dust and soil are the most common lead hazards. Other lead hazards also exist, including:
•Drinking water (plumbing with lead or lead solder):
•Old painted toys and furniture:
•Food and liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain
•Hobbies that use lead (e.g., making pottery or stained glass; refinishing furniture):
•Occupations where you work with lead, which could be brought home on hands or clothes (e.g., plumbers, pipe fitters, printers, auto mechanics, body shop workers, home remodelers, construction workers):
•Folk remedies that contain lead (e.g., “greta” and “azarcon” used to treat an upset stomach):
Note: There is no lead in a pencil. The “lead” in a pencil is actually made out of graphite.
How Lead Gets Into the Body:
People can get lead in their body if they:
•Put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths.
•Eat paint chips or soil that contains lead.
•Breathe in lead dust (especially during renovations that disturb painted surfaces).
Lead is even more dangerous to children than adults because:
•Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths. These objects can have lead dust on them.
•Children’s growing bodies absorb more lead.
•Children’s brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.
Don’t Remove Lead-based Paint Yourself.
Poisoning can occur as a result of scraping and sanding lead-based paint. Take the following steps to make renovations or lead paint removal in your home:
•Contact your local or state health department to have your home tested for lead paint. Some will test for free. (Home test kits are not recommended because they often cannot detect small amounts of lead.)
•Hire a professional to correct or remove lead-based paint from your home. It is essential to have someone who knows how to safely work with lead paints using appropriate equipment and cleanup.
•Do not try to remove the paint yourself.
•Have all occupants leave the building until all work is done and cleaned-up, especially children and pregnant women.
Testing for Lead-based Paint
Types of Testing:
There are two basic types of lead-based paint testing, inspection and risk assessment.
•Inspection — a paint inspection tells you the lead content of every painted surface in your home. It does not tell you whether the paint is a hazard or how you should deal with it.
•Risk Assessment — a risk assessment tells you if there are any sources of serious lead exposure (e.g., peeling paint, lead dust). It also tells you what actions to take to address these hazards.
Professional Methods of Testing:
•Professional testing companies use two basic methods to measure lead in paint:X-ray fluorescence (XRF) — this method uses a portable detector that x-rays the painted surfaces in your home to measure the amount of lead in each layer of paint. This testing is done in the home and causes little, if any, paint disturbance.
•Laboratory testing of paint samples — this method uses paint samples from the different surfaces in your home. These samples are usually about two square inches. Samples are not tested in the home, rather they are sent to a laboratory for analysis. This method leaves bare spots on the surfaces tested.
Lead paint is a serious matter and one should always monitor symptoms of lead poisoning in children. Check for lead poisoning effects.