XRF stands for X-Ray Fluorescence. This method tests materials by hitting them with X-rays and recording the resulting fluorescent X-rays that are emitted. Each element releases a unique signal and measuring this determines the concentration of the element being tested. This method is used to test for the presence of lead-based paint. The benefit of XRF testing is that it is a non-destructive test method. The handheld analyzer can test for the presence of lead-based paint within many layers of paint. The XRF process doesn’t require a physical sample to be taken. Since lead based paint can produce harmful lead dust when it is damaged, testing paint without taking chips is preferable. There is no damage and no danger.
Local Law 31 of 2020 requires all rental units in New York City built prior to 1960 to be tested for the presence of lead-based paint in buildings. This also applies to buildings built between 1960 and 1978 where the owner has actual knowledge of lead-based paint. These inspections must occur by August 9, 2025 or within one year of a child under the age of 6 coming to reside (or routinely spend more than 10 hours weekly) in the apartment. The results of this testing can also determine what, if any, abatement work needs to be done when an apartment turns over.
If you have 2 units that need testing, or two hundred, Testor can help. We can set up a plan to test all of your units in a short period of time, or create a schedule that spreads out the testing costs longer term. Call us today to discuss how we can assist you.