Q. What is the process for getting a home or building deleaded?
[ Lead Paint Abatement: Lead paint abatement (or “deleading”) means bringing the house to a lead-safe condition by stripping, encapsulating, or replacing contaminated surfaces. ]
A. The lead abatement process has three main steps:
1. Initial Inspection by a Licensed Lead Inspector
The home or building owner must schedule an initial inspection by a licensed lead inspector to ascertain the level of lead paint contamination, if any. Alpine has a list of trusted licensed lead paint inspectors which we can refer potential clients to. After the inspector visits the site, he or she generates a Comprehensive Initial Inspection Report describing the lead contamination of the building.
2. Performance of Lead Abatement Work
After the building has been inspected, a licensed lead abatement contractor must come in to determine what the best methods of abatement are and other factors of the project. A scope of work should then be written up based on the inspector’s initial report and the contractor’s subsequent walkthrough. Once the scope of work has been agreed upon, the abatement work must be carried out accordingly. Scraping, stripping, replacing and encapsulation are the most commonly-utilized methods of carrying out the actual removal or treatment of the lead paint.
3. Final Inspection & Letter of Compliance
After the abatement is completed, the owner must schedule a final inspection where the inspector returns to the site to take residual dust samples (“Wipe Tests”); this is to confirm that the post-job cleanup was sufficient and the residence or building is clean and in compliance with lead paint law. Once it has passed the Final Inspection and a Letter of Compliance has been issued by the inspector, the building can be declared “lead-safe” and ready for occupancy.