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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. It allows contractors and homeowners to comply with the RRP rule and help ensure your family’s safety.
With their ease of use and low cost, we have helped contractors detect the presence of lead in paint. It happens almost instantly!
XRF analyzer guns are great ways to live up to the rules. Get your handheld X-ray spectrometer machine from our website.
Can these products test kids' toys?
The quantity found in children’s products must be less than 100ppm. Since most products offered can screen to 600 ppm, don’t rely on these tests for your children’s products.
Before buying these swabs, it’s also important that you make sure they work on the surface you intend on testing.
Are home lead test kits and XRF analyzer guns 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 give you a positive or negative response.
You can also find products on the market that aren’t EPA-approved, although we only sell EPA-approved ones.
You need to know about the two important products 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 which could mean you end up getting fined.
We also encourage you to consider XRF analyzer guns, which are great machines for spectroscopy.
How do you test?
The easiest way to test your home for lead paint is with the D-Lead or 3M product we sell on this website. Using either one, you’ll be able to figure out if your home contains the material reliably.
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. There isn’t a universal process 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 can check for yourself with the help of the products sold on this site. Make sure you get the right spectrometry machine.
These small devices can reliably test plaster, drywall, ferrous metal, and wood and are ideal for testing before remodeling.
Suppose you are hoping to use these 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. You may not get reliable results if the product is being used on a surface that was never intended for.
As is stated in the section about whether or not these kits can be used on toys, toys are subject to different rules and limits than other surfaces. These products may not provide the necessary testing necessary down to the limits you are trying to test.
These easy-to-use swabs take 30 seconds. The results are almost instant and indicate if the lead is present when used correctly. When lead is present, the chemical turns red. On the other hand, Orange isn’t indicative of the presence of lead.
These are great for both interior and exterior walls. They’re great when old buildings start to show flaking or chipped parts.
The RRP Rule was issued by the EPA in 2010. It requires testing a building being remodeled or painted if they were built before 1978.
There may be certain exemptions if you are the homeowner. However, testing is always a good idea when working on surfaces containing lead. Suppose you start sanding down a surface with the material in it without taking the necessary precautions. In that case, you are exposing yourself to many safety risks.
Even if you may be exempt from the RRP rule, you should still ensure that your county or state doesn’t impose additional rules on your home improvement. Potential rules involve a house built before the heavy metal was banned from residential use.
If you have to do an extensive remodel in your home, a 2-pack won’t get the job done. You have to test every surface affected by the work.
We also sell most of our lead test kits in bulk. The more products we have to carry, the harder it is for us to manage inventory. Other sites cater to people looking to test one or two surfaces. Given our focus on contractors, we are not necessarily planning on offering the 2-pack kit.
Nowadays, testing can be done onsite and with immediate results. 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, testing is done on the actual surface. Each swab contains chemicals that will indicate the presence of heavy metals. When the chemicals are mixed inside the swab, the swab is rubbed onto the suspected 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 you need every surface affected to be RRP-compliant, including windows.
If detected, you need to get rid of lead-based paint in your home asap. It’s important when the paint has visible cracks. Paint still in good condition will hardly threaten anyone’s health. Still, the same cannot be said for damaged lead paint because this will easily create 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. In contrast, dry methods involve sanding with a HEPA filtered vacuum.
Due to a large amount of dust produced, certified contractors should only do this task.
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 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. You should always consult with a pro to ensure the right provisions are taken.
Scraping old paint without testing is not safe, as it can produce large amounts of 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 though the skin and not just through inhalation and ingestion. Additionally, the face mask should contain 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 multiple times.
Lead paint was widely used before it was banned. Fortunately, not all homes built before 1978 will suffer. Based on an EPA report, 87% of homes were built before 1940. 69% of homes built between 1940 to 1959 contain it. 24% of homes built before 1978 were discovered to have used the paint.
These figures show something interesting. If your home was built between those years, there is a higher chance that the toxic metal was used. The only way to confirm this is to get your home tested.
No law prohibits anyone from selling a home with lead-based paint. Sellers must disclose in writing homes for sale that is 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 ten days for buyers to do their inspection or risk assessment on the property. Even if the potential buyers choose not to test, these ten days are required. They are also required to give buyers the EPA pamphlet indicating exposure hazards.
That is usually the case in most states, but it’s important to note that states may have varying requirements. One state’s requirements will not necessarily be those 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 addressed the potential of lead exposure in the home. Buyers will often make an offer contingent on testing. If they come back to find out that there is a material presence in the walls, their contingency might mean that they can back out of an offer.
You might be better off knowing about this situation and doing the testing yourself before putting a house on the market. Talk with your real estate agent. 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 EPA-approved kits. 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 will keep both homeowners and contractors safe. That is done by solely providing products that the EPA accepts.
Old paint isn’t bad if it is intact. However, you must still 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. Some people choose to encapsulate it rather than go ahead and get it abated.
We recommend you consider having the paint entirely abated. It will help minimize the exposure you and your family have to endure. While encapsulating parts in good condition is an option, the chances are that it will have started to deteriorate over the more than 40 years that the ban has been in effect.
Exposure to deteriorating lead paint is harmful. It’s most dangerous for our most vulnerable members of society, children. The material builds up in our bodies over time. If exposed through the stages where we are most prone to developing, children may also experience developmental delay and cognitive decline.
The exposure is also dangerous for adults, although slightly less so. It can lead to a range of issues, including kidney failure. The best way to figure out additional symptoms is to Google it since many other pages discuss 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). It meant that it wasn’t allowed to be used in houses in 1978.
1978 is usually the year mentioned concerning the paint. It is the year that determines whether the RRP will apply to your home improvement project. If it were built before that, you would have to document that there is no lead in the surface that is having work done to it. If it was built after that year, you don’t need to comply with the legislation.
Suppose you’ve been reading around this website. In that case, you will probably know that we do not encourage you to skimp on documentation. It could mean tens of thousands of dollars worth of fines when all you might have needed to avoid those was to purchase bulk 3M Lead Check swabs.
There are various reasons why lead was used in paint. We didn’t always have the information regarding the health consequences of exposure to the material we have today.
Some of the beneficial properties of this material include accelerated drying and increased durability being the main advantages. The paint has been banned for residential purposes since 1977, starting in 1978. It has yet to be banned for commercial purposes. It is why it can still be found in some of the paint today.
It does add significant durability to the paint that it has been used in. There is no denying that more than 40 years of exposure to wear and tear has a certain deteriorating effect on the material.
The chances are that your home will have deteriorating paint if built when the material is still being used. The most obvious exposure will be from interior paint deteriorating. Since it is more likely to lay a fine layer of dust that can be 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 you can’t verify its presence simply by looking at a wall surface. 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. You may find other test kits by searching online. The EPA has not ratified these.
Nor do they provide the necessary assurance you need to ensure that your family is safe. While there may seemingly be cheaper tests out there, they don’t provide the assurance you want.
It may seem like a relatively large amount of money to answer this question. A couple of hundred dollars will help provide you with a lot of peace of mind. Do it instead of 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. This means your average home will spend about $10,000 to have your home abated. It’s important to know that each surface will be tested individually 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.
Some parts of the country naturally have higher labor costs than others. Lead abatement may be more expensive where you live.
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. We urge you to hire a pro with the inherent health risks of not doing a good job.
Contractors are additionally trained professionals who take many measures to ensure that the dangerous dust does not contaminate another area. This helps keep down exposure.
The RRP does not cover homeowners and others not receiving compensation for the work being done. 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 to protect yourself.
Reach out to professionals and have them guide you through the process involved with the abatement of the paint. It’s even if you aren’t having them do all the work.
You can have it abated when you have determined that dangerous paint is present in your walls. The contractor will need to dispose of the waste after being abated properly.
There are no national guidelines on how to dispose of it. You must reach out to your local county to see their recommendations for that process.
Avoid simply disposing of it, as you might do with regular paint. 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, including older homes. The older the homes are, the higher the risk is that they contain heavy metals.
Besides being exposed to the metal from deteriorating paint, it might also be an issue with the pipes. That is if you have an older home. While lead pipes stopped being popular later on, there was still a period 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 do it for you.
We include this question in this FAQ section that we have created because it is one of the questions asked by various users across the internet.
While we would love to say that there is a safe level, the reality is that lead builds up in your body over time. As you continue to be exposed to heavy metal, it causes terrible side effects. With that said, any dust level that stems from it is effectively dangerous and can lead to lead poisoning.
It's our goal to expand our product selection to help you with even more home improvement-related tasks.
An XRF analyzer helps you analyze elemental composition. Its main benefit is its non-destructive way of operating and its speed.
Aside from light elements, it can measure most things. It is very good when it comes to measuring iron and nickel. It can also be used for things like gold.
This handheld machine cannot detect light elements. Elements it isn’t able to detect include sodium and lithium.
It’s extremely accurate. However, you need to make sure you get the right one with the right settings. The Niton XL5 is a very accuraate spectrometer. The S1 TITAN is another accurate, portable machine that provides reliable results at a reasonable price. Make sure to consider the Niton XL2 as well.
They are safe when used correctly. Since they emit X-rays, improper use can be dangerous.
An X-ray hits the inner shell electron. This X-ray is generated in a tube. The actions eject the election, which leaves an empty void. An outer-shell electron takes its place. Radiation is emitted that is measured. It typically works by dispersing energy, and testing is conducted. They also come in benchtop models.
The price of a new, handheld XRF analyzer is typically between $10,000 and $50,000. You can get various models from manufacturers like Olympus and Thermo Fischer. Olympus offers the popular DELTA handheld XRF gun, and Vanta is another model they offer. Hitachi and Oxford are other manufacturers to consider. A cheaper model includes the Thermo Miton XLT, usually starting at around $4,000.
An X-ray spectrometer can help test lead paint. SciAps is a popular model. Other users like the xSORT model from Spectro.
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