Environmental Compliance & Testing
751 E. Brookhaven Circle . Memphis . TN . 38117
Phone: 901.761.6197 | Fax: 901.685.2261
Where is lead found?
Lead is primarily found in the exterior and interior paint of the building. Lead was added to paint for three main reasons: Color Enhancement, Increased Durability & as a Drying Agent. Lead-based paint is typically found in window systems, bathrooms, door jambs, soffits, chair rails and doors.
Lead in Water - Paint is not the only place you will find lead. Lead can also be found in drinking water, primarily through leaded solder, brass fittings/fixtures and primary service lines. If the building was constructed before 1978 and the original water piping is still present, it is recommended to have your water supply tested for concentrations of lead.
Lead in Soil - The soil surrounding a building can also contain lead. Leaded gasoline (deposited prior to phase-down in use), factory emissions, weathering and chipping of lead-based paint on the exterior of the building, and dust/dirt carried over from a construction site can all contribute to lead concentrations in the soil. This can become a health issue if there are children playing around the building, or you plan on performing landscaping.
All buildings constructed prior to 1978 has the potential to contain lead-based paint but new homes aren't immune. This year nearly 300 homes in Tennessee, more than two-thirds in Memphis and Shelby County, will be identified with lead levels high enough to pose a health risk to infants, toddlers, preschoolers or pregnant women. Every year, screening identifies about 30 Shelby County children age 5 and younger who have absorbed dangerous levels of lead. If you suspect your building contains lead-based paint, have the area inspected by a licensed building inspector, especially if there are young children or pregnant women present. An estimated 1.7 million children have blood-lead levels above safe limits set forth by the EPA.
The following are common health effects associated with exposure to lead:
Learning Disabilities . Impaired Growth . Hearing Loss . IQ Decline . Stomach Aches
LEAD INSPECTION & TESTING
Commercial - Industrial - Residential
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
OR WOULD LIKE A QUOTE FOR INSPECTION & TESTING
Cell # 901-237-0815
Office # 901-761-6197
Fill out a ( we also have forms at our office ) and bring by or mail sample & form to us.
We typically recieve results in 3 - 5 business days and can mail or e-mail you a hardcopy of the results.
If needed we can expedite the sample for an additonal $35 with results by the end of the next business day.
LEAD PAINT TESTING: $85.00 for the first sample and $45 each additional.
REQUEST A QUOTE
To order a free kit, call 901-320-3962 or email [email protected]