Preparation for Lead Dust Wipe Inspection

Before an Envoy Inspector Arrives at Your Property

  Visually inspect ALL ROOMS for deteriorated paint conditions (peeling, chipping, cracking, etc.). This includes any laundry areas, basements, attics, and any other areas that are directly accessible from within the dwelling unit.

  All painted, varnished or poly coated areas within the dwelling unit MUST BE INTACT and not peeling, chipping or cracking. This includes but is not limited to:

  • baseboards
  • doors and door frames
  • walls
  • ceilings
  • enclosed porches
  • painted cabinets
  • radiators
  • window jambs/frames
  • window sills, wells and both sides of the sashes

How to Correct Areas of Concern

  If you are performing work that involves window replacement or work that disturbs more than six square feet of interior paint or surface coating in a pre-1978 residential rental housing unit, you must possess an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) Certification. This certification number, when applicable, is required to be listed on the owners lead clearance affidavit upon completion of the work. All property managers, contractors and home owners are encouraged to take the 8 hour RRP training. For more information on the RRP training, a good resource may be found at:

  If you will be scraping paint, mist the area with water before you begin scraping or sanding.

  Before beginning any scraping or sanding, ensure that the surrounding floor/ground area has been covered with a disposable drop cloth.

  Before beginning any painting, clean the surface with an all-purpose cleaner (Spic N’ Span, Simply Green, 409), rinse the area with clean water, and then clean the area a second time.

  Paint, or in some cases, cover wells with aluminum and caulk around the edges.

  After painting has been completed on any portion of a window, allow the paint to dry before lowering the window. Place a drop cloth under the window before lowering to catch any dust or debris. Carefully dispose of the drop cloth.

Lead Dust Wipe Test Cleaning & Preparation

  Prior to the lead dust wipe inspection, gently clean window wells and sills with one of the above suggested cleaners. (When wiping, wipe in one direction only, do not wipe back and forth.) Bare floors should be cleaned using a new mop head, a cleaner, and clean water for each room.

  Vacuum carpets [A High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum cleaner is recommended] in one direction, then vacuum again in cross direction.

  All windows that are intended to open must be able to be opened during the visual inspection.

Any necessary cleaning and paint stabilization must be completed at least one hour prior to testing.

The Day of Inspection

  It is recommended that all animals be temporarily removed from the dwelling prior to “touch-up” cleaning, and during the inspection. Animals may carry lead dust on their feet or fur, and may otherwise impact the inspector’s ability to properly perform the test.

  Keep in mind that the entire area of the dwelling unit will be visually inspected to ensure that no chipping, cracking or peeling paint is present.

  Any attics/basements that are directly accessible from within the dwelling unit which are “locked off” must be made accessible for visual inspection, even though these areas will not be wipe tested.

  Lead dust wipe samples may be taken on window sills, wells and floors at the discretion of the inspector.

  If no window is present in a room, a floor area may still be tested.