Lead Paint Visual Inspections

Maryland’s Department of the Environment (MDE) runs the State mandated Lead Paint Program. The law established states that any property built prior to 1978 that is used as a rental property must meet one of the inspection standards and have a Lead Paint Certificate.


MRI Property Inspection Services provides Full Risk Reduction Inspections also known as lead paint visual inspections and certifications in Washington, Frederick, Montgomery Counties and the surrounding area.


Full Risk Reduction Inspection (also known as 'dust wipes')-

  • To complete a Full Risk Reduction inspection the interior and exterior are visually inspected for any chipping, flaking or peeling paint on any painted surface (inside, outside and in the basement). Only when it is determined that all painted surfaces are in good condition inside and out, can dust wipe sampling take place.


  • The number of wipe samples needed is determined by the number of rooms, hallways, walk-in closets, original windows, etc... Once the dust samples are collected they are sent to an accredited lab and tested for elevated levels of lead dust.


  • After receiving lab results, if the lead levels are within the acceptable range a Full Risk Reduction certificate can be issued. The certificate issued is only valid for the current tenant so each time the tenant changes a new certificate is required. 


  • If one or more of the samples fail, the failed area(s) will need to be retested after it has been properly cleaned.



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