Lead Paint And Chinese Drywall A Serious Threat To Your Home According To Genesis Testing Group

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XRF Camera technology allows for cutting edge environmental testing in residential and commercial structures.

...proper testing for and documentation of these problems is essential to preventing builders from evading their responsibility.

Genesis Testing Group has a new weapon in its arsenal for inspections involving lead based paint and Chinese drywall in commercial and residential locations. XRF technology utilizes the latest innovations such as SDD detectors and polarization optics to scan for potential problems.

Lead based paint has been a problem in home construction for several decades. It was used primarily in homes constructed from 1940 to 1960, long before the health hazards associated with it were discovered. People may be exposed to lead based paint, primarily through inhalation of paint chips or dust, and may cause fetal development problems, nerve damage to the sensory organs, increased blood pressure, and poor muscle coordination. In 1978, the US Consumer Product Service And Safety Commission lowered the legal amount of lead in most types of paint to 0.06%. Lead based paint testing has been a requirement in homes constructed before 1980, and more recently, government grants have been available to assist in the removable of harmful lead from homes and businesses.

Chinese drywall was utilized in the Southeastern United States in 2004 and 2005, following a series of powerful hurricanes that caused billions of dollars in damage. The level of reconstruction required produced a shortage of building supply products, forcing builders to seek out other suppliers. The result was one of the largest shipments of Chinese drywall to US shores, with some 36,000 southeastern homes having the drywall installed. Chinese drywall has been credited with a number of health issues, such as sore throats, fatigue, and itchy/watery eyes. Homes with Chinese drywall also report noxious smells not unlike rotten eggs or ammonia. It is unclear exactly how the drywall became contaminated, but builders suspect it may have been through fumigants sprayed on the interior and exterior walls, as well as the unrefined coal product used to manufacture the product.

According to Genesis Testing Group Senior VP Ronald Young, proper testing for and documentation of these problems is essential to preventing builders from evading their responsibility.

Genesis Testing Group has positioned itself to meet these problems head on through the use of their XRF Cameras, which can provide quantitative elemental analysis of more than 80 separate elements, ranging from magnesium to uranium. With toxic heavy metals testing a requirement in many industries, the need for this robust, non-destructive tool for proper lead screening and testing becomes apparent. The XRF Camera is also a fast, reliable testing tool for Chinese drywall, with the ability to sort and identify drywall variants based on elemental concentration.

The benefits of XRF Cameras are numerous:

  •     Exceptionally fast, easy to use
  •     Lightweight, ergonomic design
  •     Nondestructive analysis
  •     Effortless measurement of uneven surfaces even with knockdown coats
  •     Easy and accurate identification of elements associated with reactive drywall
  •     Tamperproof data maintaining test integrity

Genesis Testing Group provides detailed inspections of commercial and residential businesses across the United States, and has the experience and processes necessary for making accurate determinations and formulating the most effective course of corrective action. They are based in Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL.

Unified Facilities Guide Specifications
UFGS- 02 85 00.00 20 (May 2011)

Mold Remediation
We meet the requirements of being CIEC…Council certified Indoor Environmental Consultant from the ACAC for Mold assessments.

We meet the requirements of being AMRT designation from the IICRC for mold remediation.

Unified Facilities Guide Specifications
UFGS – 07 19 00 (May 2011)

Water Repellents
Section 3.6 Field Quality Control

Field Testing
We meet the requirements for water testing according to AAMA 501.1


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