Lead Check Swabs
An excellent companion product to any of our lead testing kits are 3M’s lead check swabs. Lead check swabs are a great starting point to learning more about the extent of the presence of lead in a particular area of your home. Have you heard of them? Here’s some more information on what they are and how they work.
What Are Lead Check Swabs?
Swabs act as an instant test for lead on surfaces. It’s a product you can buy in stores that will allow you to quickly test for lead just about anywhere in your home. You simply wipe the swab on a surface and wait to see if it changes colors. Depending on the concentration of lead on the surface, the swab may change from pink to a dark red.
Lead check swabs are a great tool to help prevent lead poisoning in your home. The most common way people are exposed to lead in their home is through lead-containing dust. If there is any renovation or repair work being doing in the home then the risk of being exposed is even greater. Swabbing a dusty surface is a reliable way to tell if there is dangerous levels of airborne dust in your home.
The swabs typically deliver results in about 30 seconds, and they can generally be purchased at any Home Depot store. They’re very convenient. Lead test swabs are the first step, but where they fall short is in the analysis.
A simple test swab can only tell you so much, but it’s an excellent starting point. If you have confirmed, using a test swab, that there is lead in your home then you know it’s worth the investment to get a professional lead testing kit.
Testing for and removing traces of lead is even more important if you have children under the age of six. Children are most at risk due to their rapid neurological and physical development. Exposure to high levels of lead can lead to nervous system damage, stunted growth, and liver and kidney failure.
Our testing kits are user friendly, legally defensible, and laboratory certified, which make it easy for you or a contractor to check for lead All tests done on the samples you collect using our testing kits conducted using EPA-approved methods and meet all EPA, state, and certification agencies’ requirements. Simply ship your samples to the lab in the prepaid envelope included. The analysis fee is included in the kit purchase price; no hidden fees. An analytical report will be sent within your requested turn-around time upon receipt of the sample.
Whether it’s check swabs or a laboratory certified testing kit, both are fast and reliable ways to test for the presence of lead. If you’re ready to get started checking for lead in your home, you can order some lead check swabs here. If you’re in need of some deeper analysis, please see the various types of lead testing kits that we have available.
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