Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. (MEC) performs on-site inspections, risk assessments, and final clearance evaluations to identify lead-based paint (LBP) within commercial and public buildings. Our team of state-licensed inspectors and risk assessors have extensive experience in determining the presence of lead-based paint and associated hazards in the dust, water, and soil.
Our non-destructive, lead-based paint building inspections are completed using X-Ray Fluorescent (XRF) technology or paint chip sampling. We test all painted surfaces inside and outside the building that are being considered for renovation.
Inspections can be performed on a limited or comprehensive basis. All inspections are per Hud guidelines in the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP). Final reports identify the specific areas tested and document the measurement readings of any identified lead-based paint.
- Lead Project Design
Lead Abatement Design Specifications
Lead Project Management
All samples are examined by a licensed analyst from an independent third-party laboratory which is accredited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and takes part in the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).
According to the EPA:
“Lead can enter drinking water through corrosion of plumbing materials, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures.
Corrosion is a dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and your plumbing. A number of factors are involved in the extent to which lead enters the water including the chemistry of the water (acidity and alkalinity), the amount of lead it comes into contact with, how long the water stays in the plumbing materials, and the presence of protective scales or coatings inside the plumbing materials.”
To address lead in drinking water, MEC professionals can collect drinking water and soil samples for analysis to characterize the source of lead within the environment.
The Dangers of Lead
In 1978, lead-based paint was banned in the US due to its toxicity to humans. Facilities built before 1978 are likely to have the presence of lead-based paint before a renovation. In many cases, lead poisoning is the result of deteriorating paint or high levels of lead in dust within the building. As a result, it is necessary for facilities to identify the presence of lead prior to renovating or demolishing.
Lead can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs and can also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, and in some extreme cases, death. Comprehensive lead inspections are especially crucial for child-occupied facilities such as schools, as children can experience lead poisoning without showing any apparent symptoms.
After it is determined that lead remediation is required, MEC will identify different options and offer recommendations in your best interest for carrying out the project. We will assess the scope of the project and conduct the formal bidding process on your behalf. After the contractor bids have been obtained, MEC will suggest the most qualified bidder for your project.