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USE A TEST KIT FOR LEAD BEFORE RENOVATING YOUR OLD PASADENA HOME

USE A TEST KIT FOR LEAD BEFORE RENOVATING YOUR OLD PASADENA HOME

Test Kits Change Color

Many heritage homes in old Pasadena were built before 1978. There is therefore a very high probability that lead paint was used in these homes. Pasadena painting contractors are well used to checking for the presence of lead. If you are undertaking a painting project using a painting company or contractor, part of their job preparation to is do a lead check. If you are about to undertake a renovation or painting project yourself, use a homeowner kit to test for lead before you begin.

WHERE TO PURCHASE

Kits can be purchase at any hardware or home improvement store. There are two test kits that have been approved for accuracy by the Environment Protection Agency - Lead Check and D- Lead.

LEADCHECK

Lead Check is recommended for testing of wood and alloys containing iron. Swab the surface to discover the presence of lead in just 30 seconds. A color change to red or pink means the test is positive for lead. No color means an absence of lead. Lead paint in your home may be hidden under many other layers. It is safe until allowed contact with the air. Scrape away individual paint layers and test each one.

D-LEAD

The EPA suggests this kit for testing wood, ferrous metal, drywall and plaster surfaces. Collect a sample and add 2 solutions for testing. If lead is present the color changes in about 13 minutes.

DOUBLE CHECK

Pasadena painting contractors and painting professionals would rather be safe than sorry and recommend using both kits for extra accuracy. Talk to your Pasadena painting contractor about how much he would charge to a double test for you if you are at all worried.