The lead test consists of a home swab test, a lab test, and an XRF Device.
Home Testing (swab): There are different types of home lead tests. Pens used to wipe across the wall and identify lead aren’t the most accurate. But can detect if enough lead is present to justify a lab or XRF test.
Lab testing (sample): Sending soil, paint, or water samples to a lab is a cost-effective way to narrow down lead presence in your home. However, preparing for large renovation projects, where lead exposure could be a more significant concern, we recommend hiring a professional. Either lead inspectors, assessors, or technicians to collect the samples of materials, paints, water, soil, and dust.
XRF (x-ray device): X-ray tube devices cost more to purchase than radioisotope devices, but because components of x-ray tube devices do not break down as rapidly, they do not need to be serviced as frequently as the radioisotope devices. In addition, because the x-ray tube device’s components do not suffer from half-life issues, they provide quicker, more constant readings.