How to Test for Lead Paint in Your Home

Using a test kit to test old paint for lead.
Using a test kit to test old paint for lead.

The paint in houses built before 1978 may contain lead. While this may not pose a significant hazard if the original paint is intact and has been painted over, it can become a health concern if the paint is peeling or being removed for renovation. You can find out if the paint in your home contains lead with a lead paint test kit.