Can anyone recommend us a certified lead inspection and assessment company or person you actually used and had a good experience with? "Good," meaning the professional inspection and assessment they gave you seemed accurate, but also their advice on remediation or recommendations they gave you post-assessment made you feel confident about the post-evaluation actions you took?
We live in the parlor floor of an area brownstone built in 1899. Because of its age, it's nearly guaranteed to have lead paint in it. The paint is pealing in our bedroom. A home kit showed barely positive levels of lead, but it was a (pink/red) color test that gave no measurable nor definitive conclusions.
Anyway, since we're planning on having a baby, it seems to me the most precautionary action to take would be to move, and move to some new condo-type place built from the ground up after 1978 (no lead). But we'd rather not move if possible. Meaning, if we can assure ourselves that by taking certain actions we can guarantee absolutely no adverse exposure to lead for our baby.
That's why we're taking the first step of getting the apartment tested; to know what we're dealing with.
So besides a recommendation on lead inspection/assessment folks; what's your advice/experience on this lead-baby issue?
It's our understanding that direct ingestion of paint chips is not the only way to get lead poisoning re: lead dust: Babies crawl on the floor and lead dust gets on their toys, fingers and hence their mouths. We have dust that's white but no way of telling if it's lead dust. But what's your knowledge on this? and many thanks for advising.
Like I said, we're first going to determine whether there are significant levels. and then decide. so any certified lead tester recommendations you've experienced and trusted, that are affordable too is greatly appreciated. (no shills of course, please).
I've read most everything on this and of course nothing's quite definitive. remains a mystery and a risk. and THAT makes us anxious. trying to reason this out. thanks in advance for your help/input.