Lead Paint Testing NYC

Lead Testing in New York

Lead Paint Testing in New York

In the past, lead was used extensively in many consumer products and building materials, including pipes and paint. While bans on lead paint for consumer use date back to 1978 in the U.S. and 1960 in New York City specifically, numerous homes and commercial buildings still harbor lead-based paint hazards.

Even with the application of new paint layers over the years, lead paint can continue to pose serious health risks. Relying solely on a visual inspection isn’t good enough when addressing concerns related to lead-based paint. What you need is a comprehensive lead paint inspection and testing service provided by qualified technicians like AAA Lead Professionals. Let us put our expertise to work to ensure the safety of your environment.

Lead Testing in New York

Common Reasons for XRF Lead Paint Testing

At AAA Lead Professionals, some of the common reasons New York City clients come to us for an XRF lead paint test include:

  • HPD requires all apartments in NYC to be tested for lead, as per Local Law 31.
  • Receiving any notice regarding code violations
  • Purchasing real estate in NYC
  • Being a landlord or property owner in NYC
  • A tenant has informed you there are or will be young children living in the space
  • Applying for an HPD exemption

Common Reasons to Get an NYC Lead Paint Inspection

Millions of residential homes and commercial businesses in the New York City area should be tested for lead paint to avoid health risks. Call AAA Lead Professionals’ EPA-certified inspectors if you suspect the presence of lead-based paint, or if any of the situations below apply to you:

  • NYC HPD legally requires lead-based paint testing for all homes (Local Law 1 of 2004 and Local Law 31 of 2020).
    • Homes with children under six years old must undergo immediate testing.
    • All other residences must complete testing by August 2025 at the latest.
  • Prior to new tenant occupancy, any apartment turnover necessitates lead-based paint testing.
  • Lead-based paint testing is crucial during renovation, remodeling, construction, or demolition projects.
  • If you recently moved or are involved in real estate transactions in NYC, lead-based paint testing is recommended.
  • Businesses in New York City seeking reports for insurance, legal, or financing purposes should consider lead-based paint testing.
  • Address health concerns promptly by opting for lead-based paint testing if you, family members, or tenants are experiencing symptoms related to lead exposure and poisoning.

The AAA Guarantee

We’ve earned our 5-star reputation by treating every lead paint testing case in New York with the utmost precision and care. Our specialized lead inspectors undergo field training to meticulously check for the presence of lead paint, including any that may have spread as dust to or from nearby properties. This form of lead paint can enter the surrounding soil and contaminate your property.

Our inspections are extremely thorough, and you can rely on the team at AAA to treat your home or business with respect in the process. If you have a question about remedying asbestos, lead, mold, or water damage, call AAA Lead Professionals. We’ve been a leading provider of Tri-State Area environmental testing services since 2009.


Why are lead paint testing kits not recommended?

While it is possible to acquire DIY testing kits for lead paint, these kits are not compliant with NYC testing regulations and their results are not reliable. The process of taking your own samples also puts your health at unnecessary risk. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly recommends that anyone who works with lead be trained and certified to do so.

If you’re worried that lead-based paint has been or will be disturbed in your NYC home or business, leave risk management to trained professionals like AAA.

What are some health risks of lead paint exposure?

Regardless of the source, long-term exposure to lead has been shown to have many detrimental health effects. Children are particularly susceptible to negative impacts on their development when exposed to lead. Today, the use of lead has been heavily regulated, and in many cases banned, in an effort to prevent the harms caused by lead exposure.

Potential health impacts on children from lead paint exposure include:

  • Hyperactivity and negative impacts on cognition and brain development
  • Behavioural and learning problems
  • Hearing issues
  • Stunted growth
  • Anemia

Risks to pregnant women from lead poisoning can include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Stillbirth
  • Premature delivery
  • Miscarriage
Where is lead-based paint usually found?

Potential lead-based paint hazards may exist almost anywhere throughout your NYC building, especially if it is older. Most often, lead paint is found in areas subject to frequent repainting, like bedrooms experiencing high resident turnover. However, any element of a building’s interior or exterior could potentially harbor unsafe levels of lead-based paint or lead paint residue.

Where can I learn more about New York’s lead paint laws?

There are now many federal laws relating to lead, as well as laws specific to New York City and the surrounding areas. New York Local Law 1 of 2004 requires that landlords assess homes using trained lead inspectors and risk assessors, and perform remediation work following lead-safe work practices.

All issues of lead-based paint need to be repaired, and units must be ensured to be lead-safe between tenants. In August of 2020, NYC Local Law 31 of 2020 came into effect, with additional rules for landlords in New York City on maintaining lead-safe dwellings. All homes must now be tested—not just multiple-dwelling rental units—and new time limits have been put into effect for completing testing.

Get in touch with us for more information about lead laws in NYC.

How long does it take to get lead paint testing done in NYC and surrounding areas?

It depends on the size and structure of your building, as well as the state and age of your property. In most cases, we are able to deliver same-day lead paint testing—sometimes within a few hours! Contact a AAA Lead Pro team member to learn more.

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If you’re concerned that lead may be present in your home or have already received a lead violation notice from the New York State Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) or Department of Health (DOH), AAA Lead Professionals is here to help. Get in touch today for a free consultation and estimate.

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