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Lead-based paint could be hazardous to your health. Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and can also affect adults. In children, lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functioning. It can retard mental and physical development and reduce attention span. It can also retard fetal development even at extremely low levels of lead. In adults, it can cause irritability, poor muscle coordination, and nerve damage to the sense organs and nerves controlling the body. Lead poisoning may also cause problems with reproduction. It may also increase blood pressure. Young children, infants, and adults with high blood pressure are the most vulnerable to the effects of lead.

Laboratory Testing vs. Lead Test Kits

There are do-it-yourself kits available. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has not evaluated any of these kits. Many home test kits use sodium sulfide solution. This procedure requires you to place a drop of sodium sulfide solution on a paint chip. The paint chip slowly turns darker if lead is present. There are problems with this test, however. Other metals may cause false positive results, and resins in the paint may prevent the sulfide from causing the paint chip to change color. Thus, the presence of lead may not be correctly indicated. In addition the darkening may be detected only on very light-colored paint. Lead Test Kits also are not able to give the exact lead concentration. It is useful to know what the lead concentration in comparison to regulatory limits.

Testing Fees and Turnaround

The fee for testing one sample is $40. Any additional sample is $35 per sample. Turnaround time is about 2-3 business days. Please go to the Step-by-Step guide on how to collect and submit samples for analysis

Note: we only test paint samples for lead. Sorry, we do not test consumer products -- toys, jewelry, china, etc.

Western Analytical Laboratory, Inc.
12734 Branford Street, #19
Arleta, CA 91331
Phone: (818) 899-0949
Fax: (818) 899-0399
Email: info@lead-test.net