In older homes, it’s important to test the home for lead as it can lead to serious long term health problems and behavior problems in young children. All homes with children as well as homes built before 1978 or homes near busy freeways or roadways should be tested for this toxic substance.
Some signs that your home may have lead are if your home is older than 35 years old with peeling or chipping paint or you plan to repaint, remodel or renovate the home in any way. Some good places to test for lead-based paint are doors, trim and siding, window frames and sills, kitchen cabinets and baseboards. Soil around the home can also be tested for lead-contaminated soil. Some good places to test for this are underwood windows or walls with chipping or peeling paint, around the foundation of the home or on unpaved pathways.
A professional home inspector can help you test for lead in a home. A paint or soil sample can be taken from the home. The inspector must be state-certified to check for this damage. They may use a XRF machine, which will give immediate results for the homeowner. They also may choose to send samples to a lab for testing.