Instantly detect toxic lead on your home's surfaces and identify when lead-safe practices are necessary with the LeadCheck Lead Test Kit. This do-it-yourself lead testing kit uses disposable swabs to detect varying concentrations of lead on nearly any surface. Complete testing can be performed on just about any surface in your home in 30 seconds. This kit also includes convenient test result confirmation cards to help you verify your results, so you can take action to protect yourself from lead exposure.
The Dangers of Lead
Lead is a toxic metal that was traditionally used in older paint and other household products such as painted toys, ceramic dishes, pottery, and furniture. Lead is also commonly found in household dust, soil, and in some cases, drinking water. The most common lead hazards in a home involve lead-based paint that has deteriorated, creating toxic dust particles that can be ingested as you breathe.
If left undetected and untreated, high levels of lead exposure can lead to serious health issues in both children and adults, including:
- Damage to the brain and nervous system
- Muscle and joint pain
- Nerve disorders
- Memory and concentration problems
- Reproductive problems in men and women
- Hearing problems and headaches in children
- Slowed growth in children
Along with other lead-safe practices—such as removing lead sources, regularly cleaning lead-prone areas, and consulting with a lead abatement contractor—using a simple at-home testing kit can give you peace of mind for your family's safety.
Easy Lead Testing Procedure
The user-friendly Lead Check Kit makes it easy to learn how to test for lead in your home safely and effectively. The kit includes eight non-toxic, disposable testing swabs used to identify surface-accessible lead on nearly any surface. To test a surface, follow the instructions to activate a swab and apply it to the surface. If lead is detected, the swab or the surface area being tested will turn pink or red on contact, depending on the level of lead concentration. Then, use the test result confirmation cards to confirm the results. One swab should be used to test each individual surface.
For the majority of surfaces, test results are completed in 30 seconds. This time may be increased if testing detects low levels of lead or lead chromate that contains pigments. Depending on your test results, you can then determine when lead remediation practices are necessary.
Recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The LeadCheck Lead Test Kit is one of just a few EPA-approved lead test kits in compliance with the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. Contractors and other users should note that this kit is EPA-approved for use on wood or ferrous metal (metal that contains iron) and not approved for use on plaster and drywall.