Flaking Lead Paint at WindowThere are two parts to the inspection:

First,  the inspector conducts a visual assessment of all exterior and interior surfaces to insure that there are no chipping, peeling or flaking paint. Bathroom and kitchen floors are also accessed to insure that they are smooth and cleanable, room doors are checked to make sure they are not sticking.

Second, upon passing the visual inspection, dust samples are taken to determine the presence of lead dust

Sampling are as follows:

  1. One (1) sample taken per room with vinyl windows (the inspector chooses either the window sill or floor). If there are no windows in the room, then a sample will be taken from the floor.
  2. Two (2) samples taken per room with old wooden windows. A mandatory sample from the window well and the other from either the window sill or floor.

Tips on Preparing for lead inspection:

  • Insure that all painted surfaces are in tact, no chipping, peeling or flaking paint on the interior or exterior.
  • Clean the entire unit if possible, pay special attention to window wells, window sills and floors.
  • Vacuum all horizontal surfaces with a high quality vacuum cleaner, ideally with a HEPA vac, then wash with water and a household detergent. Make sure to change water at intervals to reduce or prevent cross-contamination.