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Old 09-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #16
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I'm wondering why a home inspection did not catch this lead paint issue before the house was sold?

Not everyone ( at least around here) is dealing with the issue. I was running errands and stuff around town last Friday and saw five(5) different exterior jobs with guys sanding and or scraping houses that were built in the 20's, no RRP was being done.I went through the process and got my certificate and payed my fee. Has anyone asked me about lead? No

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I'm wondering why a home inspection did not catch this lead paint issue before the house was sold?
Gymschu - the house is pre-1978, we assumed it had lead paint and based our offer on replacing all the windows and doors. We just underestimated the cost of stripping the exterior paint. Also, not sure where you're from, but in MA the home inspection does not test for lead, a separate lead inspection can be done. However, according to our realtor many sellers will reject your offer if it has a lead inspection contingency. They have a lot to lose if you walk away. We are not surprised the exterior is lead, just that it would cost as much to strip the paint as it would to re-side and are just looking for options.
I actually called the lead hot line and found some info which will help us make an informed decision - thanks to a poster who suggested it.
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Thanks for the responses Chris and laorquidia. It's not too big a deal here in rural Ohio but some inspectors are so thorough that they cover the lead issue very closely and I have seen it hold up some sales.
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Just as an FYI, I found out that according to the EPA lead based paint is considered lead based if it has 5,000 ppm of lead in it. I called lead check - the company who makes the swabs we used to test our paint and the swabs can test some paints with 600ppm lead - depending on the solubility within the paint. So it's possible that the paint we have has lead but not at the limit to be considered lead paint. Also, paint even today can have lead up to 600ppm.... So, we've decided to get the xrf test and see what concentration we have, we are also going to send our soil to get tested at the university. I do need to check with the mass dept of environment to make sure ma has the same limits- the EPA lady said some states can make their own. Thanks all for all the great information and ideas!
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An XRF gun will tell you if there is lead present but not the composition of that lead.

A TCLP test will tell you the levels and formulation of the lead present.

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