Lead testing is available for all structures, including homes, child care facilities, and apartments. Any structure built prior to 1978 may contain lead paint. Penquis has a certified lead inspector that will inspect for lead using lead wipes and or lab testing. A report with the lead test results will be provided along with recommendations for lead remediation. Fees vary according to structure.
Through the Lead Abatement program, Penquis helps families identify lead hazards in the home and assists with making the home lead safe. The program is open to both homeowners and landlords of rental properties, though certain guidelines apply:
To qualify for this program:
- Homeowners must have children ages 6 or younger residing in the home and meet certain income guidelines.
- A landlord’s eligibility is based on the income levels of their tenants. Tenants must meet certain income guidelines.
To apply for the Lead Abatement Program, please click on the appropriate application packet & the Authorization to Release Information form.
*All adults (home owners, landlords, and tenants) must complete the Authorization to Release Information form.
For those who do not meet the income qualifications, fee-for-service lead inspections are also available to anyone who is interested. Prices are competitive. Please call 207-973-3552.
For more information on lead-based hazards and prevention, visit the Maine.gov website: Childhood Lead Poisoning.
Penquis has certified radon inspectors that can test the level of radon in your water or in your home. Maine has high levels of radon occurring naturally. You cannot see radon nor can you smell or taste it. Only by testing your home or water will you know if you are at risk due to high levels of radon. Our inspectors will test your home, give you a report and offer solutions to reduce the level of radon in your home or water.
HEPA Vacuum Rental
Rentals are available to help families clean up after rehab projects. HEPA Vacs are needed to capture tiny particles of lead dust that would pass right through a regular vacuum. There is a refundable deposit of $25 per day or $50 for three days. For more information, please call 207-973-3665.