Bulk lead paint test kits: 3M Lead Check Swabs
SHOP THE 2 MAIN EPA-APPROVED LEAD PAINT TEST KITS, 3M LEAD CHECK SWABS AND D-LEAD TEST KITS IN BULK QUANTITIES, PERFECT FOR CONTRACTORS AND OTHER PROS.
3M LeadCheck Swabs and D-Lead, what's the deal?
Bulk 3M Lead Checks Swabs and D-Lead lead paint test kits are the two main EPA-recognized testing methods allowing contractors and homeowners to comply with the RRP rule, and help in ensuring the safety of your family.
With their ease-of-use and low cost, we have helped homeowners and contractors detect the presence of lead in paint, almost instantly, for years.
Can these products test kids' toys?
The quantity found in children’s products is required to be less than 100ppm, and since most products offered are capable of screening to 600 ppm, we do not encourage you to rely on these tests for your children’s products.
Before buying these swabs, it’s also important that you make sure they in fact work on the surface you intend on testing.
Are home lead test kits reliable?
If used properly, the test kits that we sell on this site are so reliable that they have been approved by the EPA for RRP testing purposes and will subsequently either give you a positive or negative response.
However, you can also find products on the market that aren’t EPA-approved, although we only sell EPA-approved ones.
The two important products you need to know about are 3M LeadCheck swabs and D-Lead lead test kits. Other products cannot be assumed to be reliable and won’t pass an EPA inspection and could mean you end up getting fined.
How do you test?
The easiest way to test your home for lead paint is either with the D-Lead or 3M product that we sell on this website. Using either one, you’ll be able to reliably figure out if your home contains the material.
Simply follow the instructions on the product, and you’ll have your answer within 30 seconds.
Do home inspectors check for the material?
The various tests that inspectors do will vary, as there isn’t a universal process that they use, so the easiest way to figure out if they are going to or not is to ask them. However, it is fairly common for them to check if the home was built pre-1978.
Alternatively, you are able to check for yourself with the help of the products sold on this site.
These small devices can reliably test plaster, drywall, ferrous metal as well as wood and are therefore ideal for testing prior to remodeling.
If you are hoping to use these test kits on toys, it’s important to make sure that you check what type of material the toy is made of before you order from us, as you may not be able to get reliable results if the product is being used on a surface that it was never intended for.
As is stated in the section about whether or not these test kits can be used on toys, toys are subject to different rules and limits than other surfaces, why these products may not be able to provide the testing necessary down to the limits that you are trying to test at.
These easy-to-use swabs take 30 seconds, so almost instant results, to indicate if lead is present when used correctly, specifically when the chemical turns red. Orange, on the other hand isn’t indicative of the presence of lead.
These are great for both interior or exterior walls, especially when old buildings are starting to show flaking, peeling or chipped paint.
The RRP Rule, issued by the EPA in 2010 requires the testing of building being remodeled, restored or painted if they were built before 1978.
There may be certain exemptions if, for instance you are the homeowner, however testing is always a good idea when working on surfaces that may contain lead. If you start sanding down a surface that has the material in it without taking the necessary precautions, you are exposing yourself to a lot of safety risks.
Even if you may be exempt from the RRP rule, you should still make sure that your county or state doesn’t impose additional rules on your home improvement involving a house built before the paint was banned from residential use.
If you have to do an extensive remodel in your home, a 2-pack simply won’t get the job done, as you have to test every single surface that is affected by the work.
We also sell most of our lead test kits in bulk, and the more different product that we have to carry the harder it is for us to manage inventory. There are other sites that cater to people looking to test one or two surfaces, but given our focus on contractors, we are not necessarily planning on offering the 2-pack kit.
Nowadays, testing for lead-based paint can be done onsite and with immediate results, and one way of doing so is by using 3M LeadCheck Swabs, which can turn different colors depending on the results.
Instead of placing the sample on a container to be tested, testing is done on the actual surface. Each swab contains the chemicals that will indicate the presence of the heavy metal. When the chemicals are mixed inside the swab, the swab is rubbed onto the painted surface to be tested. If it is present, the liquid will turn red or pinkish.
Because of our continuous cooperation with manufacturers in the space, we’re able to offer swabs for less than $3 per unit. Mind you, it’s important to know that in order to be RRP-compliant, you need to every single surface affected, including windows.
If detected, you need to get rid of lead-based paint in your home asap, especially when the paint has visible cracks. Paint that is still in good condition will hardly pose a threat to anyone’s health, but the same cannot be said for damaged lead paint because this will easily create the dangerous dust.
Paint removal is done using wet or dry methods. Wet methods involve spraying the painted surface with water or chemicals before scraping the paint off, while dry methods involve sanding with a HEPA filtered vacuum.
Due to the large amount of dust produced, this task should only be done by certified contractors.
You can only paint over the existing paint if the surface is in good condition and the paint shows no signs of damage. However, encapsulation is vital before applying a new coat.
Encapsulation involves applying a special coating over the existing paint to seal it off and make it waterproof. This coating is applied just like ordinary paint, and will also wear off over time, especially with repeated friction.
While this is the cheapest way, this is only a temporary solution because you are just covering up the paint and not removing it, and you should always consult with a pro to be sure the right provisions are taken.
Scraping old paint without testing is not safe, as it can produce large amounts of the toxic dust. That is why those who do so must properly observe various safety precautions.
Workers must completely cover themselves up, as the dust can enter the body even through the skin and not just through inhalation and ingestion. Additionally, the face mask should come with HEPA filters to prevent dust inhalation; ordinary masks will not prevent this.
Thorough cleanup after scraping is a must to prevent dust from settling. This is best done via a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters and multiple times.
Lead paint was widely used before it was banned, but fortunately, not all homes built before 1978 will suffer. Based on an EPA report, 87% of homes built before 1940, 69% of homes built between 1940 to 1959, and 24% of homes built before 1978 were discovered to have used such paint.
These figures show that if your home was built between those years, there is a higher chance that the toxic metal was used for your home. The only way to confirm this is to get your home tested.
No law prohibits anyone from selling a home with lead-based paint, but sellers are required to disclose in writing homes for sale that are confirmed or suspected to have used lead-based paint. They must also state if testing was done and the results of the tests.
Sellers must also give a ten-day period for buyers to do their own inspection or risk assessment on the property. Even if the potential buyers choose not to test, this ten-day period is required. They are also required to give buyers the EPA pamphlet indicating the hazards of exposure.
That is usually the case in most states, but it’s important to note that states may have varying requirements, and the requirements of one state will not necessarily be the ones that residents of another state have to abide by.
It is important to mention that you may often see issues with houses selling if you haven’t made sure to address the potential of lead exposure in the home. Buyers will often make an offer contingent on testing, and if they come back finding out that there is a presence of the material in the walls, their contingency might mean that they are able to back out of an offer.
You might be better off by knowing about this situation and doing the testing yourself before putting a house on the market. Talk with your real estate agent, as they are likely the best source of information in your specific case, when you are selling a home that was built before 1978.
The kits sold on this site are the EPA-approved kits, and assuming they’re being used as per the instructions, accuracy and reliability should not be a concern.
Our stance is firm – we only wish to provide products on this website that are sure to keep both homeowners and contractors safe, and that is done by solely providing products that are accepted by the EPA.
Old paint isn’t bad if it is intact, however, you are still required to test if you perform any home improvement that can affect the paint in a house built pre-1978. When the paint starts to deteriorate, that’s when it becomes a major health concern.
When the paint stays intact, the exposure is minimal, why some people choose to encapsulate it rather that go ahead and get it abated.
However, our recommendation on the site is always that you consider having the paint entirely abated, which will help minimize the exposure you and your family have to endure. While encapsulating paint that is in good condition is definitely an option, chances are that it will have started to deteriorate over the course of the more than 40 years that the ban has been in effect.
Exposure to deteriorating lead paint is harmful, especially for our most vulnerable members of society, children. The material builds up in our bodies over time, and if exposed through the stages where we are most prone to developing, children may experience developmental delay and cognitive decline, too.
The exposure is also dangerous for adults, although slightly less so, and can lead to a range of issues including kidney failure. The best way to figure out additional symptoms is to Google it, since there are many other pages talking about the many health risks.
If you have children in the home, our advice is clear – make sure you test, and preferably have any surface abated if it shows the least sign of deterioration.
Lead paint in residential homes was only banned in 1977 by the United States’ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which meant that it wasn’t allowed to be used in houses starting in 1978.
1978 is usually the year that is mentioned in relation to the paint, because that is the year that determines whether the RRP will apply to your home improvement project or not. If it was built before that, you will have to be able to document that there is no presence of lead in the surface that is having work done to it, whereas if it was built after that year, you don’t need to comply with the legislation.
If you’ve been reading around this website, you will probably know that we do not encourage you to skimp on documentation, as it could mean tens of thousands of dollars worth of fines, when all you might have needed in order to avoid those was to purchase bulk 3M Lead Check swabs from us.
There are various reasons why lead was originally used in paint, and we didn’t always have the information regarding the health consequences of exposure to the material, that we have today.
Some of the beneficial properties that the addition of this material include are accelerated drying and increased durability being the main advantages. While this paint has been banned for residential purposes since 1977, effective starting in 1978, it has yet to be banned for commercial purposes, why it can still be found in some of the paint today.
Although it does add significant durability to the paint that it has been used in, there is no denying that more than 40 years worth of exposure to wear and tear has a certain deteriorating effect on the material, why chances are that your home will have deteriorating paint if it was built when the material was still being used. Although the most obvious exposure will be from interior paint deteriorating, since it is more likely to lay a fine layer of dust that can end up being ingested, it is not the only type of exposure you need to be aware of.
Lead in itself does not have a specific look, so it isn’t possible for you to verify its presence simply by looking at a wall surface. In order to be sure whether or not it contains the harmful substance, you will need to use one of the EPA-approved test kits for the purpose.
There are currently two different tests that have been approved by the EPA, both of which we sell here on the website. While you may be able to find other test kits by searching online, these have not been ratified by the EPA, nor do they provide the necessary assurance you need in order to make sure that your family is safe. While there may seemingly be cheaper tests out there, they don’t provide the assurance that you want.
Although it may seem like a relatively large amount of money to have this question answered, a couple of hundred dollars will still help provide you a lot of peace of mind as opposed to not knowing whether the deteriorating paint in your room is dangerous to your health.
The removal of lead paint costs between $7 to $15 per square foot, which means your average home will end up spending about $10,000 in order to have your home abated. It’s important to know that each surface will be tested individually in order to figure out whether there is an issue there or not. Factors that may either increase or decrease the cost of removing it include how hard it is to get to the problematic area, as well as which part of the country you reside in.
Some parts of the country naturally have higher labor costs than others, why lead abatement may be more expensive where you live, however the access to RRP certified contractors is another factor that may increase the cost of abatement. The fewer RRP certified contractors there are in the area you live in, the higher the cost is likely to be.
While homeowners may choose to do the abatement work themselves, our recommendation here at Check4Lead is that you shouldn’t given the inherent health risks that stem from not doing a good job at it.
Contractors are additionally trained professionals that take a lot of measures to ensure that the dangerous dust does not contaminate other areas, effectively helping keep down exposure.
The RRP does not cover homeowners and others not receiving compensation for the work being done, but that does not mean you’re not exposed if you’re doing the work yourself. We strongly encourage you to take the same measures that contractors do in order to protect yourself. In fact, we encourage you to reach out to professionals and have them guide you through the process involved with the abatement of the paint, even if you aren’t having them do all the work.
When you have determined that the dangerous paint is in fact present in your walls, and you have abated it, or a contractor has, it is now time to dispose of the material.
There are no national guidelines on how to dispose of it, and it is important that you reach out to your local county to see what their recommendations are for that process.
Avoid simply disposing of it, as you might do with regular paint, as you could be subject to fines from improperly disposing of it.
There are certain places where the risk of exposure is significantly higher than in other places, and this includes older homes, for instance. In fact, the older the homes are, the higher the risk is that they contain the heavy metal.
Besides being exposed to the metal from deteriorating paint, in which it was included, it might also be an issue with the pipes, if you have an older home. While lead pipes stopped being popular later on, there was still a period in time in which they were relatively common.
To find out if you should be worried about the exposure from your tap water, we encourage you to get it tested as well. In some states, you may even be able to require that a landlord tests it for you.
We’re including this question in this FAQ section that we have created because it is one of the questions that are asked by the various users across the internet.
While we would love to say that there is a level that is safe, reality of the matter is that lead builds up in your body over time as you continue to be exposed to the heavy metal, causing its terrible side effects. With that said, any level of the dust that stem from it is effectively dangerous and can lead to lead poisoning.
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