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Faq's

Question 1: What are the different types of lead testing we perform?

Question 2: What does it cost to perform lead testing?

Question 3: What are the benefits of XRF testing?

Question 4: Why use Minnesota Lead Testers?

Question 5: What is XRF testing?

Question 6: What is clearance testing?

Question 7: What is dust sampling?

Question 8: What are the odds my home contains lead?

Question 9: What is an XRF analyzer?

Question 10: Where is lead found in homes?

Question 11: What harm does lead cause?

Question 12: What is RRP?

Question 13: What is the MDH?

Question 14: What is the EPA?

 


Question 1: What are the different types of lead testing we perform?

Answer:

  • XRF testing of building components.

  • Clearance testing/Dust sampling.

  • Soil sampling.

  • Consumer goods testing (toys, dish ware, etc.).

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Question 2: What does it cost to perform testing?

Answer:

  • The cost of XRF testing is $250.00 for the first hour and $50.00 per additional 1/2 Hour.  Most testing we do for contractors is done within one Hour.

  • The cost of Clearance testing/Dust sampling is $250.00 for a typical test which includes collection of four samples, lab analysis of the samples, and the report documenting results.

  • The cost of Soil sampling is $250.00 which includes collection of four samples, lab analysis, and the report documenting results.

  • Toy/dish ware testing: $100.00 per hour, $250.00 minimum if we come to you (the minimum is reduced to $50.00 if we are at your home already testing, or you bring your items to us).


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Question 3: What are the benefits of XRF testing?

Answer:

  • Using an XRF is considered very accurate excepted by the EPA, MDH and the best way to reduce your liability from lawsuits.
  • Does not cause damage to the material being tested like other test procedures do.
  • Gives you instant results.
  • If testing enough areas to accurately document the presence of lead within even one room of a house (we typically test a minimum of 20 locations per room), it is less expensive than other methods.

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Question 4: Why use Minnesota lead Testers?

Answer:

  • In addition to my Licenture as a Lead Tester and Lead Assessor, my background as a contractor gives me insight into your business/client relationship. I can explain the lead issues to you, your clients, and trade partners when needed and understand the construction of buildings and what should be tested. I also have experience with RRP from your side of the fence.

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Question 5: What is XRF testing?

Answer:

  • We test all the different components within the test area with an XRF analyzer, determine any lead risks based on the test information and visual inspection of material condition, and create a report showing the location of any lead hazard. We can also give you our assessment of the options to safely contain or remove the lead .

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Question 6: What is Clearance testing

Answer:

  • Clearance testing is used to determine if there is a lead hazard within a space. Dust sampling (see below), and a visual inspection are used to verify if there is a lead hazard present. dust samples are sent to a lab for analysis.

  • If no lead is found and the space passes a visual inspection, the room is "cleared" of being a lead hazard.

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Question 7: What is Dust sampling?

Answer:

  • Dust sampling is the collection of dust from accurately measured horizontal surfaces within a space for lab analysis.

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Question 8: What are the odds my home contains lead?

Answer:

  • The older the home the more likely there is lead present. Most of the homes containing lead are pre-1950, unfortunately your home could contain lead if built any time before 1978, and the only way to know is to have a professional test it. If you are having remodeling work performed on your home you are required to have it tested or assume there is lead present, which will add considerably to the costs to remodel. It is cheaper to test and find no lead, than to assume lead is present.
  • Based on our testing experience we have tested homes built as early as 1890 with only small areas with lead, and homes built as late as 1977 that did contain lead.

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Question 9: What is an XRF analyzer?

Answer:

  • AN XRF ( X-ray Fluorescence) analyzer is a hand held electronic device that scans into objects (working through up to 100 layers of paint) without any damage to the object, then analyzes the material to determine if lead is present, and in what quantity. The analyzer information is then added to a report showing the lead found at each individual spot tested.

  • Lead is often found in ceramic tile and bathtub coatings. There is no other feasable way to test these coatings.

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Question 10: Where is lead found in homes?

Answer:

  • lead can be found in any building material in your home. Although paint is the most frequent source of lead in homes, lead is also found in: varnish, ceramic tile, plaster, bathtubs, soil, plumbing, water, dish ware, non-traditional medicines, toys, jewelry.
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Question 11: What harm does lead cause?

Answer:

  • lead can affect people as well as pets. Even low levels of lead exposure can build up in the body over time. Children under the age of 6 and pregnant women are at greatest risk. Children can have; learning disabilities, decreased growth, hyperactivity, impaired hearing, and brain damage. Pregnant women can unwittingly transfer lead from their bodies to their unborn children. More information Even more information (heavy reading)

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Question 12: What is RRP?

Answer:

  • RRP stands for; Renovation, Repair and Painting. It is a set of federal regulations enacted by the EPA. As of April 22nd, 2010 contractors, painters and all other trades that disturb more than 6 square feet of surfaces in buildings built before 1978 are required to be certified to follow proper procedures to safely control lead dust while performing their work.

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Question 13: What is the MDH?

Answer:

  • The MDH (Minnesota Dept. of Health) purpose is to protect, maintain, and improve the quality of life for Minnesotans. They are in the process of taking over the RRP rules so that in the future Minnesota will be enforcing the regulations locally. For more information visit: http://www.health.state.mn.us/

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Question 14: What is the EPA?

Answer:

  • is an agency of the united states charged to protect human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. For more information visit: http://www.epa.gov/

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