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Question DetailsAsked on 6/1/2011

Does anyone have experience with lead inspectors in the Boston area?

Thinking about renting my house; has to be OK for kids.

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Answered 9 years ago by Megan


You can get a list of licensed lead inspectors by searching MACLPPP that is Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program-state Dept of Public Health. In Mass lead inspectors can test by using an approved chemical solution of sodium sulfide provided by the state OR with an XRF machine. The chemical test will tell positive or negative. The XRF actually measures the amount of lead in the paint. XRF test is usually more expensive. Once a lead inspection is on file you must either hire a licensed deleader to perform abatement or an owner can do low to mod risk activities on their own property but only after taking one day training from CLPPP

Answered 8 years ago by Jane E McLeod


Your local big box store ( Home Depot, Lowes etc) carry a product called LEAD CHECK. As a Lead Paint Certified Renovator (Federal) I use this product to test gutters & downspouts for lead paint. For your OWN satisfaction you could use this product to determine if a area, piece of wood, window sill, etc has lead paint. ALL contractors touching a home built before Jan 1,1978 must test for lead if they are removing more than 6 square feet on the interior. You the occupant can renovate to your hearts desire with no restrictions in an owner occupied building so this test could tell YOU if you need to use lead safe practices or not. Be aware tho the test requires you to take a knife and penetrate thru all layers of paint to the base material so it is a bit destructive,


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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