Lead Testing Services: Lead Inspections, Surveys, Collection & Analysis


Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead can also be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and even death. Children six years old and under are most at risk. If you suspect you have lead in your home or environment, give Absolute Resource Associates a call today. 



Facts about lead

  • Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.

  • Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.

  • You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by ingesting soil or paint chips containing lead.

  • In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.

  • Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.

Health effects of lead

Childhood lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States!   


If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system

  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity

  • Slowed growth

  • Hearing problems

  • Headaches


Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from:

  • Reproductive problems (in both men and women)

  • High blood pressure and hypertension

  • Nerve disorders

  • Memory and concentration problems

  • Muscle and joint pain


Are you renovating, repairing or painting a home, child care facility or school built before 1978?

Beginning April 22, 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than six square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978?

Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint, or lead paint). Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting or buying a pre-1978 housing:

  • LANDLORDS must disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint.

  • SELLERS must disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before selling a house.

  • Sales contracts must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint.

  • Buyers have up to ten days to check for lead hazards.

  • More information on the lead disclosure program


LEAD Exposure in indoor shooting & firing ranges

If you work in or use an indodor firing range, you may be exposed to unhealtlhy levels of lead dust. Shooting ranges must have proper health and safety protocols in place to protect employees and customers from lead exposure. If you are unsure, ask the facility owner about their lead safety protocols and whether they perform regular lead inspections for the facility. 


There are several scenarios which can cause lead exposure to employees and customers of firing ranges: 


  • Breathing lead fumes from gun "smoke" 
  • Exposure to lead dust released when gun is fired
  • Airborne lead dust when loading and cleaning guns
  • Exposure to settled & airborne lead dust when cleaning the facility
  • Lead ingestion when eating or drinking items containing microscopic lead particles. 
  • Carrying lead home on clothing, hair and skin, especially if there are children in the home.


For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ranges/ 


ARA's Lead Services

ARA is certified to perform lead inspections in Vermont, Maine, and is one of only a few Certified Lead Inspectors in NH. For your commercial lead based paint testing services, ARA’s IAQ Team is Lead Certified to safely inspect your painted & varnished surfaces for lead via:

  • Xray Fluorescence Analyzer (XRF)*
  • Paint Chip Samples
  • Lead Dust wipes

        *The XRF can detect lead in 26 layers of paint


ARA is certified to conduct the analysis of lead in soil, lead in paint chips, dust wipes and air filters, including performing TCLP for disposal requirements.


ARA’s Lead services include:

  • Lead Inspections 
  • Lead in Water Testing
  • Lead Surveys
  • Sample Collection
  • Certified Lab Analysis

Where lead is found

The Most Common Sources of Lead Poisoning are:

  • Deteriorating lead-based paint
  • Lead contaminated dust
  • Lead contaminated residential soil



The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978, and some states stopped its use even earlier. Many homes and buildings built before 1978 have lead paint, however. If you live or work in an old building, you should have it tested for lead, and pay attention to high traffic areas in which the paint would experience heavy wear and tear, such as windows and window sills, doors and door frames, stairs, railings, and banisters, porches and fences.



Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars. Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in the yard inhale the lead dust, or when people bring soil into the house on their shoes. Contact ARA to find out about testing your soil for lead.



Household dust can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint or from contaminated soil tracked into a home. Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep or walk through it.



Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. You cannot see, smell or taste lead, and boiling your water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it:

  • Use only cold water for drinking and cooking.

  • Run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you have not used your water for a few hours.

  • Call your local health department, water supplier or Absolute Resource Associates to find out about testing your water.



If you work with lead, you could bring it home on your hands or clothes. Shower and change clothes before coming home. Launder your work clothes separately from the rest of your family's clothes.



  • Old painted toys and furniture.

  • Food and liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain. Food can become contaminated because lead can leach in from these containers.

  • Lead smelters or other industries that release lead into the air.

  • Hobbies that use lead, such as making pottery or stained glass, or refinishing furniture.

  • Folk remedies that contain lead, such as "greta" and "azarcon" used to treat an upset stomach.


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