Why Paint Testing Services Are in Demand for Front Royal, VA Properties

Paint Testing Services in Front Royal VA

Right now, there are more than 38 million homes in the United States that contain lead-based paint. That’s an astonishing number that includes:

  • 24% of the homes built between 1960 and 1977
  • 69% of the homes built between 1940 and 1959
  • And a whopping 87% of the homes built before 1940

Those are truly alarming figures, and it goes a long way toward explaining why our paint testing services in Front Royal, VA are in such demand.

The problem is that even though sellers are required to disclose the presence of lead-based paint, there are several cases where there may be some uncertainty about the matter. These include:

  • If you purchase a bank-owned home, the bank may simply not have the information and can’t make a declaration one way or the other
  • The lead-paint declaration only applies to the house itself. If you have other structures on the property (barns, sheds, and other outbuildings), these may well have lead-paint in them that the seller was not legally obligated to disclose
  • Even if the property disclosure indicates no lead-based paint, the seller may not have realized it was, in fact present. This is often true in cases where the lead-based paint was covered over with newer paint at some point or wallpapered or paneled over.

This last case is especially dangerous because sooner or later, you’re probably going to want to do some type of renovation on your home. If and when you do, unless you test before your renovation project begins, you could inadvertently put yourself, your family, and any workers you hire during the renovation at serious risk. That’s why our paint testing services in Front Royal, VA are so important. It’s cheap insurance and gives you peace of mind knowing that your home is as safe as you imagine it to be.

Why Is Lead Paint So Dangerous Anyway?

It’s a fair question, and one we get pretty regularly. If lead paint is ingested, it can lead to lead poisoning, which can lead to a variety of serious health issues, including cognitive issues, especially in young children.

As lead-based paint ages, it can begin to chip or flake, especially in areas that are regularly moved and handled like porch railings and window sills. If you have small children, then you know how often things wind up in their mouths, and there’s a very real risk that they might eat them.

Even if that’s not a concern, as lead-based paint ages, it also gets chalky, creating fine dust particles that can easily be inhaled. Those risks are greatly magnified if you start a renovation project as described above. If there’s lead paint lurking under several layers of other material, all that sanding, hammering and demolition work will fill your home with toxic dust particles that will put everyone at risk. Yet another reason why our paint testing services in Front Royal, VA are so crucial.

As important as testing is though, that’s only the first step. If our testing reveals the presence of lead-based paint, we will:

  • Properly contain the paint in the area(s) it was discovered
  • Completely and safely remove it from your property
  • Lawfully dispose of it at a facility certified to handle it
  • And if it requires testing for any reason, we’ll ensure that the testing is done at a certified lab, and share the results with you when we get them back

We know how dangerous lead-based paint can be, especially if you have children under the age of five. That’s why our paint testing services in Front Royal, VA are as comprehensive and complete as we can possibly make them.

Of course, that (paint testing services in Front Royal, VA) is only a small part of what we do. As the region’s premier environmental remediation company, we offer a whole range of services including:

  • Asbestos Inspection and Removal (including the removal of asbestos siding, shingles, insulation, floor tiles, and the like)
  • Formaldehyde testing and removal
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing
  • And Mold Testing

This last item is especially important, especially in homes that have a high moisture content in the air. This provides an almost perfect breeding ground for mold colonies, and once they are established in your home, they can be notoriously difficult to get rid of, especially if the mold gets into your HVAC ducts or sheetrock. Also, note that we can handle the safe removal of black mold which can be extremely hazardous to you and your family and cause a number of serious health problems if not dealt with decisively.

We understand that some people are experienced DIYers, and if some type of hazard is found, there may be a temptation to try and remove it yourself. We don’t recommend that approach. Even if you managed to safely remove the material in question, there’s still the issue of decontamination and proper disposal, both of which are generally far beyond the capabilities of even the most experienced Do It Yourselfers.

The bottom line is simply this: Your home probably isn’t as safe as you think it is and testing is the only way to be sure. If our testing reveals the presence of any environmental hazard, we’ve got the skills and the specialized equipment to remove it safely and completely.

Don’t take any chances where your family’s health is concerned. It’s too important. We’re just a phone call away, and we’ll be happy to help.

About Envriotex Environmental Services

Established in Fairfax, VA in 2000, Envirotex Environmental Services was founded on military service. While serving his country, the company's owner Mr. Freeman gained vast knowledge and experience in the environmental services field. His expertise in air monitoring and hazardous materials testing prepared him for his post-military career.

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