How to Test Paint for Lead

If your home was built prior to 1978, chances are pretty good that lead paint was used. Because lead paint is a recognized health hazard, you want to approach any contact with caution. And that starts by finding out whether or not you actually do have lead paint.

Home test kits make this a simple process, and you can find out the test results in less than 30 seconds. A typical home test kit comes with two, ready-to-use, disposable swabs that can detect lead down to 600 parts per million.

If you test positive for lead, then you’ll be prepared to tackle your painting or remodeling project using lead-safe practices that include protection, preparation and containment, and proper clean-up.

Just remember, the biggest hazard of lead paint is not knowing it’s there. So take the time, and take the test.

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