FAQ

1. Is it difficult to test for lead hazards?

2. Sampling instructions in each kit seem repetitive, why?

3. Should I use a Test Kit or hire a Lead Inspector?

4. Will the results of my tests be reliable?

5. If I use a Test Kit, will my results be accurate?

6. Are lab fees included in the cost of these Kits?

7. If I find lead hazards in my home what should I do?

8. I have a question about these kits, who can I call?

9. If I change my mind, can I return my order for a refund?

ANSWERS to FAQs

1. Is it difficult to test for lead?

No. The process is pretty easy, but it is extremely important to follow the steps listed in the instructions to take proper samples.

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2. The instructions in each kit seem repetitive, why?

It takes very little lead dust to create a hazard, so the step-by-step instructions, if followed closely, help prevent cross contamination. That is important since contaminated samples are worthless.

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3. Should I use a Test Kit or hire a Lead Inspector?

It is always better to hire a trained, certified professional. The cost of a combined lead inspection/risk assessment ranges from $500-$900 or more (depending on size, location, etc). Professional Inspections/Risk assessments include samples, lab fees AND advice on how to manage any lead hazards that are found.

However, taking some samples yourself can save you a lot of money as a screening protocol. If you don't find lead, you may be OK. However, if you find lead, you should hire a professional inspector.

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4. Will the results of my tests be reliable?

If you follow the step by step directions and use an NLLAP accredited lab, the results should be reliable. The real answer to this question depends on you and how careful you are when taking your samples.

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5. If I use a Test Kit, will my results be accurate?

If you follow the directions and use an NLLAP accredited lab, the results should be accurate. A lot depends on you and how careful you are when taking your samples.

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6. Are lab fees included in the cost of these Kits?

Lab fees ARE included in the cost of a few kits. However, lab fees ARE NOT included in the cost of our Lead Test Kits.

Why not? You might not need to take 10 (or 20) samples, so why should you pay for lab fees you don't use? Also, you may want to use a local laboratory. (If you do use a local lab, be sure it is properly NLLAP accredited.)

For your convenience, each kit includes a chain-of-custody form, contact information and the address of an accredited NLLAP lead lab that accepts "mail in" samples. Details are include with each kit.

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7. If I find lead hazards in my home, what should I do?

Hire a certified inspector/risk assessor. He/She will be able to tell you how to manage or remove hazards. To find an inspector online go to: EPA Locator. Or, contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or call your county health department, and if you are in Southern California, call HomeSafe Environmental at (909) 796-7565.

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8. I have a question about using these kits, who can I call?

For questions about using our kits, call 909-796-7565.

If you have questions about lead testing in general, visit HomeSafe's award-winning website at www.HomeSafe.Org.

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9. If I change my mind, can I return my order for a refund?

Yes, we accept undamaged returns for a PARTIAL refund. We will refund the full product price. However, we DO NOT refund shipping charges. This policy is clearly stated on the Shopping Cart check-out page.

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