Your property has been sampled for Arsenic and Lead…now what?
(Note: Only properties located within the “Yard Program” service area currently have sample results available online. For properties outside the Yard Program, please contact your local Health Department for your results)
If you have searched for sampling results and determined your property has not been sampled, please go to the Access Agreement page for information on how to sign up for free soil sampling. A signed access agreement is required to sample your property.
We always recommend practicing Healthy Actions.
Understanding your results is the key to understanding how to protect your family. If your property does not qualify for State Funded cleanup, this DOES NOT mean that the levels of Arsenic or Lead in your yard are at safe levels for long-term exposure. Regardless of whether you qualify for Ecology Action or not, there will likely be Arsenic and Lead in the soil around your home and neighborhood. Healthy Actions are simple every day actions you can do to reduce your risk.
If you would like to review your results, please enter your address into the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Search Database.
What do my results mean?
Just as if you wouldn’t want any gas, pesticides, or other contaminants in your home, food, or where your children play, you should do these Healthy Actions to reduce you and your family’s risk. Learn how to protect your family and yourself from even low levels of Arsenic and Lead here.
I don’t qualify for yard replacement, now what?
Do Healthy Actions! For Arsenic, we consider 20 ppm relatively safe. Lead is considered unsafe for developing children at any concentration. We highly recommend Healthy Actions any time Leas is at or above 250 ppm. Even if your yard is below these levels, we still recommend doing Healthy Actions because you could have other contaminants (pesticides, fertilizers, animal feces) and because there could be areas of your property or neighboring properties that are above these levels.
There could still be areas where arsenic and lead contaminated soils may remain. These areas may include:
- Any area that required a set-back during soil removal (could be several feet):
- Existing buildings
- Some plants
- Steep slopes or cuts
- Soils in crawl spaces
- Nearby and neighboring properties
- Undeveloped properties or other wooded areas
- Gravel alleys
This is why we recommend always practicing Healthy Actions. Even though your property may have had contaminated soil removed, there can still be contaminated soil in the surrounding environment. Keep your family healthy!