3m Lead Check Swabs & Other lead paint test kits
Shop the 2 EPA-approved lead paint test kits, 3M Lead Check Swabs and D-Lead test kits.
3M LeadCheck Swabs and D-Lead, what's the deal?
3M Lead Checks Swabs and D-Lead lead paint tests 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.
These small devices can reliably test plaster, drywall, ferrous metal as well as wood and are therefore ideal for testing prior to remodeling.
These easy-to-use swabs take 30 seconds to indicate if lead is present when used correctly, specifically when the chemical turns red.
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.
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.
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.
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 lead paint if the painted 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.
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.
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.
It's our goal to expand our product selection to help you with even more home improvement related tasks.
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