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Lead Paint Testing

Lead Paint Testing

Providing Lead Paint Testing Services to Clients in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Nationwide

The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned lead paint in 1977 because of the danger it posed to people. Lead based poisoning can cause a wide range of health problems, including:

  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Memory problems
  • Brain damage
  • Abdominal pain
  • Kidney damage
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Irritability and mood problems
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Miscarriages, premature births, and stillbirths
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Death

Lead paint testing and removal are one to the best ways we can protect ourselves from the devastating effects of lead paint exposure. RPF Environmental has been a leading provider of lead paint testing services in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and throughout the United States since 1991. Lead paint testing and exposure monitoring are needed more often than many people realize, especially in construction and renovation settings.

RPF Environmental has NH certified lead inspectors and lead risk assessors on staff who have years of experience helping clients keep their buildings lead free. The lead paint inspection and abatement services we provide include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead survey for OSHA worker exposures
  • Residential LBP risk assessments and Lead Safe Certificate (NH only)
  • Waste characterization
  • Lead remediation design, bid, and contract administration
  • Lead and RCRA 8 TCLP analysis
  • Litigation support
  • Air, water, and surface dust testing & analysis
  • Accredited laboratory analysis

If you need help with lead paint testing and abatement, give RPF Environmental a call at 603-942-5432 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation. To learn more about lead based paint and lead based poisoning, visit our video center.


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How to Identify Lead Paint

Identifying lead paint can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re not a professional. Still, there are signs that you can look for that can help you determine if paint is lead based or not. The following are a few tips for how to identify lead paint:

  • Age – Determine how old the paint is. Most lead paint is from prior to 1977.
  • Condition – Carefully examine the paint. Signs it could be lead paint are if it’s wrinkling and cracking. Another sign is if it’s producing a chalky residue.
  • Test – You can try using a lead paint testing kit. However, they are less safe and accurate than a professional test and lab analysis.
  • Professional – The most reliable way to identify lead paint is to have a professional conduct an inspection and test.

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“We have worked with RPF Environmental for several years now. They are a great company to work with, very knowledgeable, helpful, professional and friendly.”

– Heather Nichols – Kahr Arms

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– Jennifer Gilbert- St. Charles School


“They are a great company and have provided prompt and professional services.”

– Bill Botting- SAU 60; Fall Mountain School District

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How to Remove Lead Paint

If you’re not a professional, removing lead paint is not something you should attempt on your own. It can be dangerous and if you’re not careful, you could be the victim of lead based poisoning.

Depending on what kind of shape the lead paint is in, you may be able to paint over it. If the lead paint isn’t flaking, peeling, cracking, or chipping, you may be able to use encapsulant primer and paint to cover and seal in the lead paint. Encapsulants prevent lead based paint from chipping, flaking, and producing lead dust. This helps prevent the lead paint from posing a health risk even though it hasn’t been removed.

While painting over lead based paint can be an option, in most cases, your best option is to have a lead abatement professional remove the lead paint for you. They will know how to take care of lead paint removal safely, efficiently, and thoroughly.


Suspect you have a lead paint problem? Call RPF Environmental at 603-942-5432 or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced lead testing and abatement specialists today.


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