If you are wanting to get in touch with us, the best way to do so is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to get in touch with you as quickly as possible.
Please include the word “Check4Lead” in the title of the email so as to ensure that we can categorize it correctly and get back to you as soon as possible.
Do you have questions regarding the RRP?
While we may be able to help you answer questions regarding RRP legislation, the easiest way to get your questions answered is by going to the EPA’s page on the topic.
RRP program, EPA, coronavirus and lead abatement
The easiest way to get to the page is by clicking here and you will be taken straight to the government page. The EPA has also issued a statement regarding COVID-19 that you may be interested in reading, which you can find here.
Unfortunately the matter of the situation means that it has become increasingly difficult to obtain the necessary certification with everything that is currently going on in the world.
If you are currently looking to update your certification, or your certification has expired after March 26, 2020 and you haven’t been able to take the necessary tests to get recertified, that is the place that you will want to go in order to ensure that you stay in compliance.
While you may be able to keep continuing your work if you haven’t been able to update your certification, you need to make necessary effort to comply again once the situation may allow you to.
The EPA requires you to document the reason why you are currently unable to be in compliance with the necessary legislation, as many testing sites are currently closed with everything that is going on.
As soon as you are able to take the third-party exam that is required, the EPA requires you to do so.
If your certification has expired, we strongly encourage you to email the place where you would take the test and save those emails in terms of being able to document why you have been unable to stay in compliance with the certification requirement.
The EPA is allowing this limited non-compliance with everything that is going on, but we strongly believe that they will be strict once again when the limitations of coronavirus are lifted. If you find that your testing sites have reopened, we encourage you to regain compliance as quickly as possible.
We also encourage you to check back with the EPA’s website on a frequent basis so as to make sure you know the latest updates, what is permitted etc.
If you have any questions that you believe would be better answered by the EPA rather than Check4Lead, we encourage you to get in contact with them directly as they will best be able to provide you the necessary guidance. You can easily find the contact information of their regional offices by visiting this link.
Questions regarding an order
If you have previously purchased EPA-approved lead test kits through this website and you have questions regarding an order, please make sure to include the order number in the email so that we will be able to assist you as easily as possible.
Questions about a new order
If you have questions about a new order, please go ahead and email the email above as well, and we will get with you. The easiest way to order through Check4lead is to simply place an order through the website.
Why do we only have a limited amount of test kits available on the website
We have taken a stance here at Check4lead to only offer the test kits that have been approved by the EPA in order to ensure that people using them are in fact gathering the results they are hoping for rather than using something that may not be able to provide accurate results.
While there are requirements when it comes to the necessary documentation as well, we acknowledge that there are a bunch of products on the market that you cannot safely rely on.
What is your recommendation and why?
While both D-Lead as well as 3M’s products have been approved by the EPA, we strongly believe that D-Lead’s test kit is superior and easier to use for both contractors and homeowners, why that is the product that we are officially endorsing on this website.
I have a media inquiry – who do I need to talk to?
If you are looking for an official comment for a news article, please do go ahead and send an email to the same email and mark the title as “Check4Lead media inquiry”.
It is our strong belief that the EPA will start cracking down on contractors that aren’t in compliance when everything calms down a bit as there has been an increasing focus on the dangers of lead paint as of lately, especially in significant places like New York. It is especially in public housing like those situated in the Bronx where there is an imminent threat of being exposed to the dangerous substance.
What are common sources of lead in the home?
While we have covered a range of topics regarding the danger of lead in the home on our blog, we always keep getting asked about the most prominent sources of lead in the home, and what you can do about it.
If you have a home that was built before 1940, there is an 87% chance that that home contains lead-based paint that will start becoming a health concern once the paint starts degrading. Given the amount of years since then, there is a significant chance that you may be exposing yourself and your family to lead if you haven’t gotten the home abated.
For homes built between 1940 and 1959, the same risk is around 69%, why there is also a substantial risk that people living in these homes may end up having higher levels of lead in their blood than is considered safe. For homes built between 1960 and 1977 the same number is 24%.
While the number of houses that contain lead may have decreased over the years because of varying laws across state borders, it is imperative that you ensure testing is done so as to keep your family safe. If you are doing any sort of remodeling, we can only encourage you to stay in compliance with the RRP regulation so as to both keep your family safe and avoid some of the punitive fees imposed by the EPA for non-compliance.
You should know that lead paint is still present in millions of homes across the country, and while it may currently be covered by a new layer of paint, paint eventually deteriorates and exposes the old paint. While it likely won’t be a health concern for as long as the paint is in good condition, we do encourage you to stay on top of it if you start seeing it peeling, cracking or otherwise showing signs of deterioration.
There are certain surfaces that are especially dangerous due to the likelihood that kids will come in contact with the surface there, and those especially include stairs, railing, banisters, porches, doors, door frames, windows and window sills. These are all likely to have been installed many years ago when lead was still prevalent in paint.
If you see paint deteriorating, and if you are having trouble doing so, the first thing you need to do is at least to ensure that household dust is cleaned up frequently. You may also be able to actually bring lead dust into the home from the outside, so be aware of dust accumulating and have it removed.