Lead Painting Testing – What You Should Know
If you think you have lead-based paint in your home but are not sure it is a good idea to find out due to the fact that lead-based paint can be dangerous to your health. There are a number of lead paint testing methods that can be used to determine if you have lead-based paint in your home. In this article, we will take a closer look at the methods used to detect lead in paint, as well as whether you should undertake the test yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
Self Testing or Hiring Professionals
When it comes to testing for lead-based paint you can do-it-yourself or hire a professional. Lead paint testing kits are readily available in home improvement stores and from on-line retailers like Amazon. However, not all lead paint test kits are created equal.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized three lead test kits for use by Certified Renovators in complying with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. They are the 3M™ LeadCheck™, D-Lead®, and the State of Massachusetts test kits.
While these test kits were developed for RRP certified contractors, they are easy to use and perfectly suitable for homeowners to use as shown in the video below.
EPA-Recognized Lead Paint Testing Kits
The 3M™ LeadCheck™ lead test kit can reliably determine that regulated lead-based paint is not present on wood, ferrous metal (alloys that contain iron), or drywall and plaster surfaces. The 3M™ LeadCheck™ test kit can be purchased on-line here.
The D-Lead® paint test kit can also reliably determine that regulated lead-based paint is not present on wood, ferrous metal (alloys that contain iron), or drywall and plaster surfaces. The D-Lead® test kit is also available on-line and can be purchased here.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts lead test kit can reliably determine that regulated lead-based paint is not present on drywall and plaster; it is not recognized for use on wood and ferrous metal (alloys that contain iron) surfaces.
Lead Paint Inspection and Assessment
If you are not comfortable performing lead testing yourself or just looking for a higher degree of confidence in the test results, hire a professional to perform a lead paint inspection or lead paint risk assessment. Be sure to hire someone who is EPA or state certified to provide these services.
During a lead based paint inspection, all painted surfaces are inspected and certain areas of the paintwork are tested to ascertain their levels of lead. A report is then prepared and will detail the results of the inspection, as well as advising you on whether the problem is of sufficient concern that you should take immediate remedial action.
A lead paint risk assessment is more involved and the testing and the report that follows will be much more detailed. This study will identify lead-based paint in your home, the risks associated with it, as well as options to temporarily reduce the risk of exposure to lead paint or to permanently remove the lead paint.