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Cal Grevemberg  
Cal Grevemberg & Associates, Inc.  
(337) 364 9208  
501 Julia St.  
New Iberia, LA 70560  

This Q&A segment addresses the most common concerns about lead hazards in the home.

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Why test for lead?

Why should I test my home for lead?

There are numerous reasons:
1. There are (or will be) children, age 6 and younger, in the home.
2. You are about to remodel, renovate or repaint your home.
3. You are a renter or BUYING A HOME.
4. You are a landlord or SELLING A HOME.

Why test pre 1978 homes?

Why is testing recommended for homes built before 1978?

Over 80 percent of all housing built before 1978 contains some lead-based paint. The older the home, the greater the chance of lead-based paint and lead hazards, and the more important it is to have the home tested. The greatest hazard for small children is not paint chips, but LEAD DUST!

Kinds of testing?

What kind of testing do I want?

There are three alternatives:
1. Lead-based paint inspection: a surface by surface investigation to determine if lead-based paint is present in the house.
2. Risk Assessment: On-site investigation to determine the presence, type, severity and location of lead-based paint HAZARDS.
3. A combination inspection and risk assessment may also be done.

Who can test?

Who can do testing for me?

Inspectors can perform only lead-based paint inspections. Risk Assessors can perform both risk assessments and lead hazard screens.
A person who is both an Inspector and a Risk Assessor, may also do a combination of an inspection and a risk assessment.


How much will a Lead Inspection cost?

It depends on how many samples need to be taken. Normally, the cost for an average house is $500.

Inspection Report?

What will the Inspection Report tell me?

The Inspection Report will tell you which painted surfaces were tested and the test results for each surface. The Risk Assessment will tell you whether there are any lead-based paint hazards, and recommends ways to reduce or control any hazards present.

After testing, what next?

Do I have to do anything after the testing is completed?

There is no EPA requirement for you to do anything to any lead-based paint or lead hazards found when testing your home. However, you will be required to provide the test results to any renter or buyer, when you lease or sell your home.

Lead Paint, Repair and Renovation

If lead paint is found in my house, can I do the repairs myself?

You sure can. You do not have to hire professionals to remove lead hazards from your house. However, for safety and to avoid possible litigation, it may be your best choice. If YOU perform the work, YOU will be held accountable if someone becomes ill. If you choose to hire professionals, they must be State Certified by the EPA of Louisiana. If you decide to do the work yourself, you must follow the instructions in "Lead Paint Safety", a Field Guide published by HUD. (HUD 1779-LHC) To download a copy, CLICK HERE Look under PUBLICATIONS at the bottom of the page.

More information?

Where can I get more information?

You can call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD. Or return to the home page of this site, and click on LINKS. Visit the EPA and HUD sites. You'll find a world of information, forms, regulations...just about anything you want to know about lead. You can also call Cal Grevemberg at: (337) 364 9208 You'll get "plain language"'s a shortcut!

Who is certified in Louisiana?

Where can I obtain a list of state certified Lead Inspectors?

Call the Department of Environmental Quality in Baton Rouge, LA. (225) 765-2781 Ask for Mr. Sanchez or Ms. McCormack. Ask for the name of a Lead Inspector in your area. (Cal Grevemberg is a CERTIFED Lead Inspector and Risk Assessor)

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