LEAD PAINT INSPECTIONS / Things to remember before the inspection.

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Houses and Apartment Buildings built before 1950 have highest risk for lead hazards. Buildings built before 1978 are also at risk for lead hazards. 


Always look for signs of lead hazards such as:

  • chipping, peeling, damaged paint
  • doors & windows that rub when you try to open them
  • paint chips in window wells, on the floor, on the exterior or on the soil outside. 
Outside exterior areas are just as important as someone could step on chipped paint flakes and bring them into the home which then contaminates areas. 
  • Make sure all window sills and wells are clean and free of any dirt and dust. 
  • Make sure all floor areas are clean and free of dust and dirt. 


Before dust sampling can be done a visual inspection of the exterior is done to make sure that all painted areas have no chipping, peeling, or damage. 


After the visual is complete and passes the dust sampling process is begun.  Samples are taken from window sills & wells or floor & wells this is at the discretion of the Inspector.

  • If replacement windows are present only the window sill or floor areas are tested.
  • If no windows are present a floor area would be tested. 


MDE Lead Paint Inspector :


Nikki Marlatt-Young (410) 300-8699 Maryland Lead Paint Inspectors #12009 Email: nikkimarlattyoung@ateasehome.com Website: www.ateasehome.com Contact me for other inspection services such as:

  • Baltimore County Rental Inspections
  • Radon Testing
  • Real Estate Home Inspections.

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LEAD PAINT CERTIFICATES FOR RENTAL HOUSING - Testing for lead-contaminated dust an inspector must collect dust samples from each room in the unit. Each dust sample must be analyzed by a qualified laboratory, and the results must fall below specified levels. In general, testing for lead-contaminated dust is most likely to be successful in a clean, well-maintained property. Prior to testing for lead dust the inspector must verify that there is no defective paint on the interior or exterior.


Posted by

Nikki Marlatt-Young 


Comments (2)

Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Good post Nikki. Chipping and peeling paint (with other sources of lead) have become an important part of a home inspection on older homes.  Thanks for info.

May 19, 2010 06:52 AM
Nikki Marlatt-Young
At Ease Home Inspections - Arbutus, MD
Housing & Rental Inspections

Thanks Jack!  Good to hear from you!  

May 19, 2010 08:39 AM