Lead Testing

Lead can be hidden within many different areas of your home or office.  Once lead has been ingested or absorbed, it is nearly impossible for your body to get rid of it.

About Lead

Lead can be found in paint, dust, and water.  Growing bodies absorb lead more quickly and therefore it is especially important to be aware of if you are planning to become pregnant, about to bring home a new baby, or have young children already.

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Where is lead found?


Lead can be hidden in many different areas of your home or office. Here are a few common sources: - Paint - Batteries - Cosmetics - Gasoline - Toys - Pipes - Furniture - Solder - Ceramics - Ammunition




Who is at risk?


Children and Pregnant Women are most at risk. Children: - Growing bodies absorb more - Developing brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects - Putting their hands and objects in their mouths increases exposure levels - Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead - Playing on floors and window sills containing a higher level of lead dust Adults are at increased risk when: - Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead - Breathing lead dust during renovation or repair work - Working in a job or hobby where lead is prevalent




How can I minimize the risk of lead exposure?


The most important factor to reducing the risk for potential lead poisoning it to find it early. Testing for potential hazards and keeping the indoor environment clean are key to preventing lead related issues. Additional precautions that can be taken: - Have your home or office tested for lead - Fix any potential hazards - Regularly check for deteriorating paint - Wipe down window areas frequently - Mop floors weekly - Clean carpets and floors - Dust walls and other painted surfaces - Test for lead-based paint before home renovations - Test children under the age of 6 for lead





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Lead Testing

Lead can be tested in paint, dust, water, soil and air. The lab analysis will show whether lead is present as well as the levels present in the specific source.

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Why is lead testing important?


Lead can affect almost every organ and system in the body. Children under the age of 6 are at the highest risk levels. Once lead has been injested or absorbed, it is a very long process for your body to get rid of it. Symptoms can include but are not limited to: - Behavior and Learning Problems - Lower IQ - Hyperactivity - Slowed Growth - Hearing Problems - Anemia - Reduced Fetal Growth - Premature Birth - Cardiovascular Effects - Increased Blood Pressure - Hypertension - Decreased Kidney Function - Reproductive Problems




What type of lead testing can be performed?


Lead can be tested in paint, dust, water, soil, and air. Depending on the concerns one or all of these methods may be used. The lab analysis will show not only whether lead is present but also the levels present in the specific source. Lead-Based Paint - If the paint is in-tact an XRF machine may be used. In the case that the paint is already damaged or will be removed, 2x2 paint chip samples will be taken and analyzed. Lead Dust - Maypole will take dust wipe samples of any areas where dust is collecting or where deteriorating paint is detected, such as around windows and floors. Lead in Water - Maypole will take multiple samples from each water source in the space and have it analyzed. Important if plumbing dates back prior to 1986. Soil - Soil around the home or business will be collected and sent to a 3rd party for analysis - especially from areas where children may play. Air - An air sampling instrument will be used to collect multiple air samples from the space. Useful when there is nearby constructions, abatement, or visible debris.




Does Maypole perform Local Law 1 compliance inspections?


Yes! Maypole performs all types of inspections as required by Local Law 1 including: - Turnover requirements - Annual requirements - Record keeping - Local Law 31 - XRF Inspections You can read more about Local Law 1 and Local Law 31 here.




Does Maypole provide lead dust wipe services?


Yes! Maypole provides a full range of lead dust wipe inspections including: - Turnover requirements as per HPD - Post removal clearance as per EPA - Lead hazard screen risk assessment as per HUD/NYCHA - Departmental orders as per DOH




Can Maypole inspect for lead in school's drinking water?


Yes! Maypole provides a full range of services surrounding Title X NYS Code Rules and Regulations subpart 67-4 - Lead in School's Drinking Water.





Lead Regulations

New York City has recently lowered lead-based paint thresholds and increased laws and regulations. It is crucial for property owners to understand the new laws in order to stay compliant and avoid unnecessary fines.

Local Law 1 

Keep on top of your lead paint hazard requirements.

Local Law 31

Know the requirements and deadlines for your mandated XRF inspections!