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Lead paint hazards are of concern to many home and building buyers. Home inspections may visually identify some lead paint hazards, but further lead inspections and testing are often needed.
In 1996, Title X Federal legislation became effective, requiring (among other things) that prospective home purchasers be made aware of the possibility of lead-based paint in houses built prior to 1978. The seller must disclose whether he or she knows of the presence of lead-based paint. Testing is at your option. According to this law, the presence of any lead-based paint in a building does not require that any remedial action be taken. Current guidelines generally suggest that intact lead paint be left alone unless there are elevated levels of lead in the blood or another critical risk factor.
Many home buyers, building, condo, and co-op buyers are concerned about the risks of lead. Lead-based paint becomes a problem if children eat or breathe the paint chips or dust. This causes an increased level of lead in the bloodstream, which has many serious health effects. These effects are generally most serious in younger children. Doctors often test lead levels in blood for children under the age of six. Only if these test results are high is any action mandated by local health departments.
It is not just peeling lead-based paint that is a hazard. If there is lead-based paint on window or door frames, the operation of the windows or doors can cause lead-containing particles to be released. A child could eat or breathe these lead-containing particles. For example, if lead-containing dust settles on a toy, a child playing with that toy is at increased risk. There is also a risk of lead contamination from drinking water or objects that contain lead.
You should read the lead disclosure brochure that should be provided to you by the real estate broker (or seller if there is no real estate broker) and make your own choice as to how to proceed.
You should arrange with an environmental testing service to testing for the presence of lead paint. For more information on lead, visit the EPA lead information website.
Pre-purchase inspection standards specifically exclude checking for lead. Heimer Engineering's pre-purchase inspections do not include lead testing. Heimer Engineering's Professional Engineers advise you of lead risks, just as other Home Inspectors do. Heimer Engineering does not misrepresent this as a lead inspection. Lead testing should be performed by an experienced and properly licensed and insured Environmental Testing firm specializing in lead testing.
Contact Heimer Engineering℠
Heimer Engineering℠ is happy to help you. Senior Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. After 5 PM, please leave a message. Messages are checked during the day on Sunday, and Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Inspections are performed seven days a week.
Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection fees are competitive with non-Engineer Home Inspector's fees, especially when you consider that many non-Engineers charge extra for termite inspections, swimming pools, etc.
Inspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex and you should be able to speak with someone who can answer your inspection questions.
To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony email Info@heimer.com, text 888.769.6910, or call 646.757.4500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.
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Heimer Engineering℠ serve the Greater New York area, including New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Upstate New York (Rockland County, Putnam County, and Westchester County).
In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, shut utilities off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.
Standards of Practice
and Code of Ethics
Heimer Engineering's℠ Professional Engineer Home Inspectors substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Code of Ethics, to Subpart 197-4 of the State of New York Code of Ethics and Regulations for Home Inspectors, the ASHI® Standards of Practice, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. In the event of a conflict, the Professional Engineer Home Inspectors use Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence. All State of New York Licensed Professional Engineers are bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.
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