To start off with, we want you to have a better understanding of what they actually do, and how they help improve your experience.
What Are Cookies
If you do not want cookies to be stored on your computer, you are free to disable them, although there may be significant functionality that you lose out on from doing so.
If you scroll down the page, you can see what you need to do to disable cookies for Check4lead.com. Cookies may store which pages you visited, how long you visited a specific page, and more. If you previously visited a page on D-Lead, that might be an indication that you have an interest in those products, why it can allow us to do certain things like show advertisements for those products when you are browsing the internet.
With the inclusion of cookies, we are able to determine the most common paths that our users go, which may often include starting on a page like testing drywall for lead paint, after which it would only be natural that you actually seek out one of the EPA-approved products, like D-Lead, which is the product that we officially recommend. After visiting the D-Lead offer, you may start reading the various reviews of the product, after which you decide it is the one that suits your needs and you buy it.
However, there are also other scenarios where you might have been intending to actually buy the product, but perhaps there was an issue with the website that caused the site to not work when you tried to process it, and while you were meaning to come back to the website at a later point to try it out, life got in the way and you just entirely forgot about it.
While we encourage you to both bookmark and set reminders to visit interesting pages on Check4lead that you have come across, that you might have an interest in further exploring in the future, we also realize that sometimes life gets in the way, and you simply don’t get some of the things done that you thought you were going to get done. It’s entirely okay, and we understand – we make the same mistakes too.
When we see that you may have had an interest in perhaps reading an article or buying one of the lead tests, but you didn’t do it, that is when we may decide that we will be putting Facebook ads that target people like you. If at that point you decide not to buy from us either way, that is entirely fine, but we just want to help you make sure that you are still staying RRP compliant if you are doing any sort of remodeling that may require it.
Why we believe cookies are beneficial
We are not going to lie – the sale of the test kits that we offer on our website is what helps maintain our business, and what allows us to keep spreading the message about lead testing. After all, the team that helps make this possible has to eat also, which we hope you can understand.
When you are using other services like Facebook, you are probably aware that they will show you a bunch of ads that may be more or less relevant to you, and if you are anything like us, you would rather want that the ads are more specifically tailored to your interests than not. Although it might seem like an invasion of your privacy, we do not obtain additional personally-identifiable information on you from placing cookies, and if you disable cookies, you will still be shown ads on Facebook, they will just be less relevant to you.
If you truly meant to buy lead paint testing products, we hope that our ads will help you remember, rather than have our ads aggravate when you are seeing them across the internet.
If you previously purchased a D-Lead product, we might choose to show you one of the products from the same manufacturer that we know other people have an interest in. It could also be that that manufacturer has come out with a new product that we think you might want to know about. All those decisions can be influenced by whether or not you let Check4Lead store cookies on your computer or not. If you delete the cookies from your computer, and you don’t sign into Check4Lead when you visit, we won’t be able to provide you those recommendations in the future, so it’s always easy to change your preferences if you change your mind at some point.
Don’t want to allow Check4Lead to store cookies?
If you don’t want to allow Check4Lead to store cookies on your computer, we understand it, and want to make it easy for you to change your preferences and have it implemented. While we can’t go through every possible way that you might be able to disable cookies, the easiest way is for you to find out which browser you are using and Googling “how to disable cookies in X” and replace X with the name of your browser.
What are the cookies we store?
- There are cookies related to you creating an account on Check4Lead, which includes various things for the signup process and general administration. Some of the cookies will stay on your computer, while others are deleted if you don’t stay logged in.
- Cookies related to your various preferences when you are visiting the site, that allow us to better tailor your experience, recommend new articles like this one on how to repair plaster.
Cookies that we do not control – third party cookies
When you visit Check4Lead there are also cookies beyond the ones that we have included on the site, sometimes ones offered by some of the services that we use for various reasons, all with the intention of making your experience a better one. While we may not be able to immediately affect the cookies that these third party softwares may store, they are only ones that we have chosen to trust on this site that include reputable companies.
The list below is not an exhaustive list but includes some of the companies that are likely to store cookies, and how they will do so, what we use them for etc.
- Like most of the internet, we use Google Analytics which is a trusted website analytics solution offered by Google that provides comprehensive, non personally-identifiable information on user behavior, where we can track statistics to further improve your experience with Check4Lead. The cookies that are stored by Analytics includes ones that track your behavior when you navigate the platform, including which order you visit pages in, how long you spend reading articles, and these all help us understand which parts of Check4Lead our users like, and which parts need to be improved. For instance, a short amount of time spent on a page like the article on inner city public schools could be indicative of an issue with the article.
- We use some of the information that we obtain from the analytics provided by such services to better figure out which lead paint safety articles our users are interested in, and how to improve our offering.
- If we are changing aspects of the site, we will often temporarily enable new features, and we may choose to only have those implemented until we either figure out that the users like them, or if we find out the contrary is the case, we may choose to disable them rather quickly. When we discover that there’s a general interest in the features, we figure out the appropriate ways to make those features permanent and finalize their permanent implementation.
While we understand that a lot of people have privacy concerns when it comes to navigating the internet, we also hope that you understand from reading the article above that we at Check4Lead are only using these cookies to further improve your experience on our site. If you have any questions regarding our use, do feel free to reach out to us.