Home Buyers and Lead Paint

Federal law requires that before being obligated under a contract to buy housing built prior to 1978, buyers must receive the following from the homeseller: An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards titled Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (PDF)

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Lead Paint - Why You Need Testing

Lead in the home can cause serious long-term health problems, particularly for children, making it imperative for those living in pre-1978 homes to get lead testing. Lead exposure is dangerous to children even before they are born. Lead is a neurotoxin affecting development and function of the central nervous system, red blood cells and kidneys. Even low levels can be harmful. Lead exposure may lead to decreased intelligence, speech problems, attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities. Poor muscle coordination, impaired bone and muscle growth and hearing damage are other potential effects of lead exposure.

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Lead Paint XRF Testing For Demolished Buildings

If the coatings are found to contain detectable levels of lead, and portions of this project area with lead-coating paint will be demolished and disposed of, a toxicity characteristic leachate procedure (TCLP) sample that is representative of the waste stream must be collected and analyzed per the requirements of WAC 173-303.

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Reducing Lead Hazards from Paint and Soil

Lead paint testing for Commercial and Residential home owners, Investors and Contractors. Prior to any work being done on a Pre 1978 building testing is needed. Reducing Lead Paint Hazards is....

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Should Your Painter Use Lead Paint Swabs

“It’s clear from our study that LeadCheck Swabs shouldn’t be used to determine if house dust contains lead in excess of the EPA standards, ” said Korfmacher, community outreach coordinator for the Medical Center’s Department of Environmental Medicine. “However, this test could be a good pre-test for getting professional clearance using dust wipes. If the swab test comes up positive, then you know you have lead and you should clean more before paying for a professional clearance test. But you should never be reassured by a negative test that dust lead levels are safe.”

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Tacoma Smelter Plume Soil Sampling in Seattle

Department of Ecology is managing the clean-up of the Tacoma Smelter Plume. The area is too large to dig up all the contaminated soils. Buying a home or live in King County? Then soil sampling should be on your agenda.

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What's in your water? Lead, Bacteria

Fom basic to complete environmental water testing. If you suspect your drinking water is contaminated, the water should be tested. If your water is provided by a public system, contact the operator of the system for testing and possible disinfection. If you have an individual well, we suggest that you test your water annually. If your water sample is unsatisfactory, you should then evaluate and disinfect the well.


Lead in drinking water continues to be a serious health issue. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996, which then resulted in the banning of lead pipes, solder and brass fittings in plumbing. However, many homes, schools and buildings that stand today were constructed before this ban.

The most common way that lead gets into water is through the corrosion of pipes, according to the Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF). Lead can be introduced into water when the water sits too long in leaded pipes, which can then unknowingly be consumed. Since lead in drinking water cannot be detected through scent, sight or taste, the only way to confirm its presence is through proper analysis. PNWIG, LLC provides analysis to individuals, companies and government agencies.

Let our team of experts help you with your next lead in drinking water project. We offer rapid turnaround times and are capable of providing a range of lead testing services. PNWIG's lead in drinking water services Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, Kirkland and Renton. Prior to wording our sampling, please confirm any state-specific certification requirements with our Inspection Team or Customer Service Center.


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