Full Risk Reduction Inspection Process
This inspection requires a Dust Inspection, which is generally conducted in a vacant unit prior to occupancy by a new tenant. This inspection must be done before a new tenant moves in. An inspector must collect dust samples from each room in the unit. Each dust sample must be analyzed by a qualified laboratory, and the results must fall below specified levels. In general, testing for lead contaminated dust is most likely to be successful in a clean, well maintained property. Flaking or chalking lead paint on windows, in particular, may be an important source of lead dust in a unit.
Visual Inspection of the Property’s Exterior
In order to proceed with the interior inspection and collect samples, there is a visual inspection of the entire exterior of the home. including walls, windows, doors, door frames, trim, soffit, fascia, gutters, downspouts, porches, posts, columns, ceilings, railings, and steps on both the main structure and any outbuildings accessible to tenants.
For apartments, this includes the common areas in the building such as hallways, stairs, railings, etc. There can be no deteriorated paint conditions (peeling, chipping, cracking, etc.) regardless of the age or type of paint for the inspection to proceed to the interior portion.
Visual Inspection of the Property’s Interior
If the exterior passes the visual inspection, we will then perform a visual inspection of the entire interior of the home. There can be no deteriorated paint conditions (peeling, chipping, cracking, etc.) regardless of the age or type of paint for the inspection to proceed to dust wipe sampling.
Dust Wipe Sampling
The last part of the inspection is dust wipe sampling. If newer windows are present, only one sample per room is required. In houses with old wooden windows, two dust samples are taken per room. The MDE definition of a room includes bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, kitchens, basements, etc. Samples may be taken from window sills, window wells and/or floors at our discretion. Even in rooms with no windows, a floor area will still be tested.
The Full Risk Reduction Certificate that is issued will expire at tenant turnover. A new inspection must take place prior to the new tenants moving into the property.