How to Test Your Home for Lead Paint

If your home was built prior to 1978, you should have it tested for lead paint. This test is even more critical if your home was built before 1950.

Lead in paint is capable of causing some long-term health issues, so knowing if you have lead paint is important. Some good spots to check for lead paint are windows and sills, doors and trim, baseboards, cabinets and painted children’s furniture.

Simple test kits are available in many hardware stores for around $10 or, for a more thorough examination, have a laboratory analysis made. A professional service will run up to $50 but will be much more precise. If your home DOES test positive for lead paint, consider hiring a state-certified lead contractor to reduce the lead hazard in your home.


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