FAQ and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I get my paint and water tested?

A: Paint testing can be done through Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI). Visit http://getenergysmarter.org/lead-paint-testing for more information.

Water testing can be done through Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) if you are a City of Pittsburgh resident. Request your free testing kit here.


Q: Where can I get my soil tested?

A: Allegheny County Conservation District holds free soil testing events in various communities. All you need to do is bring a Ziploc bag of soil. Visit https://www.conservationsolutioncenter.org/ for more information.


Q: I am looking to buy or a rent a home. How can I ensure it is lead-safe?

A: Currently, there is no lead hazard housing registry for Allegheny County. To have your home properly inspected before moving in, visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for certified firms.


Q: I am unsure if my home has lead hazards. Where can I get an evaluation?

A: The Allegheny County Health Department has a Safe and Healthy Homes Program to provide home inspections for households with at least one pregnant woman, or a child under age 22. The inspection will evaluate lead-based paint hazards, asthma triggers, pest management, ventilation, and mold/moisture. Visit http://www.achd.net/safehomes/index.html for more information.


Q: I found lead hazards in my home. Who can fix this?

A: The Allegheny County Health Department has a Lead Safe Homes Program. This program will assist 175 families with children present in the household with remediation to remove the lead hazards. Visit http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/economic-development/residents/lead-safe-homes-program.aspx for more information.


Q: How do I get my child tested for lead?

A: Consult with your child’s pediatrician. Starting January 1, 2018, blood lead testing will be mandatory for all children at 9-12 months of age, and again at 24 months. If a child is older than 24 months, testing may be done as soon as possible after 24 months but before 72 months of age or entry into kindergarten, whichever is sooner. Religious and medical exemptions will be available.


Q: I believe my child may suffer from lead poisoning. Where can we get help?

A: Make an appointment with the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers to have a developmental assessment performed. Visit http://www.afit.org for more information.


Q: Where can I learn more about lead in artificial turf?

A: Read the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) article on artificial turf at https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/artificialturf.htm.

Resources

Local resources

Allegheny County Conservation District (Soil testing)
https://www.conservationsolutioncenter.org

Allegheny County Health Department
http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/economic-development/residents/lead-safe-homes-program.aspx

Conservation Consultants, Inc. (Lead Paint Testing Kits)
http://getenergysmarter.org/lead-paint-testing

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
http://www.dep.pa.gov/citizens/my-water/publicdrinkingwater/pages/lead-in-drinking-water.aspx

Pittsburgh Water Authority (Lead Water Testing Kits)
http://pgh2o.com/lead-testing-kits

Women for a Healthy Environment (Water Filters)
http://womenforahealthyenvironment.org

National resources

American Academy of Pediatrics
https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/lead-exposure/Pages/Lead-Exposure-in-Children.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

EPA (Lead Webpage)
https://www.epa.gov/lead

EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline
800-426-4791 Available 10am- 4pm EST, Monday through Friday

World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs379/en