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Home Inspections for Lead

In Illinois any home with a child in residence or frequently visits must be inspected for lead if:

•the child 6 years and under has an elevated blood lead level at or above 20 µg/dL; or

•this child has been tested with three consecutive blood lead levels of 15–19 µg/dL; or

•this child has a single confirmed (venous blood test) resulting in a lead level at or above 10 µg /dL and the child’s physician requests an investigation; or

•the child is 3 years of age or under and has a single confirmed blood lead test resulting in a lead level at or above 10 µg/dL; or

The Department may inspect the dwelling’s interior, exterior and all out building located on the same property. Common areas in a multi unit building may be inspected.

The presents of lead-base paint does not constitute a lead hazard. The lead-based paint must be deteriorating or on surfaces exposed to friction or impact, such as the components surrounding windows, doors and flooring.  These surfaces create lead paint chips and leaded dust.  To be a hazard the lead-base paint must be accessible to children.    Lead-base paint found to meet these conditions are lead hazards and must be treated as such.

No dry scraping or sanding on lead-base paint should ever be used.  All precautions shall be used to prevent creating any dust when disturbing lead-based paint.  No hydro blasting shall be used on exterior surfaces.  Please, view the links below to learn more on proper treatment of lead-base paint.

Bare soils may be contaminated with lead if they are near areas that may have or had components covered with lead-base paint.  The paint chips that have come in contact with the soil may have deteriorated but the lead remains.  Lead does not absorb into the ground but remains within an inch from the surface.    Care must be used in treating soil contaminated with lead to prevent causing them to be air borne.

Lead-based paint on a window trough surface

Lead-based paint on a window trough surface