If the inspectors find lead problems inside or outside your home, the owner or landlord must have a licensed company come in and fix the lead problems. This is called abatement.
If your child has a blood lead level of 20 or higher (or a level of between 15 to 19 from two tests taken at least three months apart), the owner or landlord must get rid of the lead in the home.
If another child in your building has lead poisoning and an inspection finds defective surfaces in your home, the owner or landlord must fix your home as well. Defective surfaces are areas with peeling or flaking paint, or surfaces that a child could chew on or eat lead paint from. Windows and doors can also cause lead dust when the lead-painted surfaces rub against each other.
How will they fix the lead problems in my home?
The local health department will issue a lead abatement order. This order says home owner or landlord must get rid of the lead problems in the home. The owner must create a lead abatement plan. The owner will work with the local health department, which must approve the plan. This plan will include start and end dates.
Remember: You can ask for a copy of the lead abatement plan from the owner of the building. If you have any questions about the plan, talk to your local health department. If abatement is not done by the end date on the lead abatement plan, contact your local health department.
Abatement must begin within 45 working days of the inspection results if your child has lead poisoning. After the abatement is done, the local director of health must re-inspect the home within 10 business days and write a post-abatement inspection report once they find there are no lead hazards left in the home.
Remember: If the abatement is very difficult or your child’s blood lead level is too high, you may be asked to move for a short time. The owner of the home must try to help with relocation. They may put you in a hotel for a few days or you can temporarily move to a relative’s home. The local health department will need to check that your new home does not have lead as well.
Who can I contact if I am having problems with lead inspection or abatement?
First, contact your local health department. You can find the contact information for your local health department at https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Local-Health-Admin/LHA/Local-Health-Administration---Site-Map.
- Your local health department will be able to answer your questions about lead dangers, treatment, licensed companies, money for abatement, and more.
- If you are having a problem with your landlord or the owner of the building, you can also speak to your local health district official.
Second, contact the State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health. You can contact the Department of Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control program at 860-509-7299. You can also visit the Department of Public Health websites at www.ct.gov/preventlead.
Where can I get legal help?
If you are unable to get help from your local health department or the Department of Public Health, contact Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320.