Certified Lead Paint Testing for a Safer Environment 

Lead paint, once a popular component of everything from children’s toys to the walls of homes is now recognized as a serious hazard to have on your property. Even having a small amount of lead in a building can carry serious risks, especially for kids. 

Exposure to lead can bring detrimental long-term health effects, especially for children. Lead harms your brain and central nervous system. It can be absorbed into the body and eventually enter your blood stream. These dangers make it crucial for homeowners and businessowners to take action when it comes to managing lead in their buildings.

Wondering how lead is enforced? Your property could be subjected to guidelines set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), OSHA and the EPA. 

Between the government regulations and the complicated health impacts, figuring out how to handle lead paint or lead paint suspicions can be dizzying. You need a licensed and experienced partner to conduct trustworthy lead-based paint testing. 

Commonwealth Environmental Associates serves homes across Virginia and business around the East Coast. Your lead services are always conducted by a Virginia-licensed Lead Risk Assessor. 

CEA handles the complete lead testing lifecycle. Our contractors start with the initial inspection or risk assessment and follow through with developing interim controls to manage lead paint, and providing final clearance verification for re-occupancy after abatement services are complete.

Expert Lead-Based Paint Surveys Offered in Richmond, VA and Nearby Areas

It’s CEA’s goal to get to the bottom of what is causing risks in your property. Knowledge is power and you can’t move forward with lead paint removal services or abatement without knowing what exactly is making up your intact or peeling paint.

Your lead-based paint survey services will include an in-depth surface-by-surface inspection of painted or coated building components. CEA tests the interior and exterior of your structure using a non-destructive X-ray Florescent (XRF) Lead Paint Analyzer. The inspection helps to clearly identify the presence or absence of lead-painted building components. To determine the concentration of lead in dust, soil and/or water, a lead risk assessment would be conducted.

Worried about your decor? No need — our analyzer doesn’t remove any paint from your walls.

Thorough Lead Paint Risk Assessments and Interim Controls for a Safer Property

Not a single lead paint hazard should go unchecked. That’s why our team looks at the lead dust accumulating indoors and takes soil samples from outdoors for testing.

Lead-based paint risk assessments are conducted to determine the presence of lead-based painted building components and the associated health risks. Each assessment involves investigating the age, history, management, and maintenance of the dwelling. Your soil samples and dust wipes are taken to the lab to help see the extent of the lead-based paint hazards at your property.

Based on the lab results, recommendations are made to help you reduce the risk of lead exposure for everyone who frequents your building and the areas around it. Lead can be dangerous whether it’s from paint peeling inside a home, dust created by friction from opening and closing your windows, to the particles in the dirt.

Once it’s clear that lead-based paint is present, CEA works to develop interim controls to help manage lead-based paint. These are designed to hold you over until lead abatement services or lead removal is conducted. Our team does not offer the remediation, but can connect you with local industry partners with a trusted reputation.

CEA removes ourselves from the equation during remediation because it’s crucial that you never have to worry about conflict of interest during the lead testing and abatement process. Our goal is always to keep you safe — that’s why you need unbiased test results you can trust and an outside party to carry out the recommended tasks.

Regain Your Peace of Mind With Post Lead-Based Paint Abatement Clearance Testing 

After your lead abatement services are all wrapped up, there is one final step. You need that final seal of approval to move forward confidently knowing that your paint remediation or removal process was successful. 

CEA returns to your property after abatement is finished for one final lead inspection. There are dust wipe and soil samples collected to go to the lab one last time. When those come back showing no further signs of lead, you’re given final clearance verification. 

Dust wipe and soil samples are collected post abatement of lead-based painted building components for final clearance verification prior to re-occupancy in accordance with the guidelines established by HUD

Why You Should Worry About Lead Hazards 

Lead paint was widely used in homes and commercial buildings built before 1978. Over time, paint can deteriorate, creating dust and chips that release lead particles into the air. Children are particularly vulnerable as they explore their surroundings and tend to put things in their mouths. Also, the concentrations of lead can be higher in their blood, making long-term health impacts more likely. Lead exposure can cause:

  • Developmental delays and learning disabilities
  • Hearing loss and vision problems
  • Kidney damage and other health complications
  • Behavioral problems and hyperactivity

If you have concerns about lead paint in your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact us. CEA offers free consultations to discuss your specific needs and answer any questions you may have. Our prompt and thorough testing services will provide you with the information you need to protect your family’s health.

Lead Testing Services for Your Water and Pipes based in Richmond, VA 

On top of lead paint, there’s another way for lead exposure to occur. Some buildings still rely on pipes that are constructed with lead. These pipes can deteriorate and send lead into your drinking water supply. CEA works to provide lead testing that is efficient and straightforward for properties of all sizes. 

Our team starts by collecting water samples for lab testing.

You’ll be notified of what your water testing shows and given recommendations for new plumbing or a water filtration system if your lead levels come back over 15 parts per billion (15 ppb) .

If you choose to replace your lead pipes or add filtration, then another sample can be collected for a final clearance process just like with the lead paint services. This ensures all lead issues have been resolved.

East Coast Lead Testing Services

Commonwealth Environmental Associates is a Virginia-based environmental services company with a wide-range of commercial and residential consulting capabilities. 

Our Commercial Lead Testing Services are available in Eastern states:

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Ohio

Our Residential Lead Testing Services are available in all Virginia cities including:

  • Richmond, VA
  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • Lexington, VA
  • Staunton, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA 
  • Lynchburg, VA 

Choose CEA for All Your Professional Lead Paint Services

Knowing your home or business is lead-free gives you peace of mind and protects people you care about from unnecessary health risks. CEA’s inspectors are fully trained and certified to conduct lead paint testing according to EPA and HUD guidelines. Our experienced team goes beyond basic analysis, offering a range of test options to assess lead levels in paint, dust, soil, and even water.

For clear and concise reporting, risk assessments and recommendations — contact us today for expert advice and support that always puts your safety first.