Test for lead paint by removing small samples of paint from areas you suspect of containing lead. Send the paint chips to an accredited laboratory, and await the results.Continue Reading
Purchase a lead-testing kit from a reliable laboratory. Check your state health department for recommended laboratories.
Use the kit to sample vulnerable places such as window frames and sills, door frames, kitchen cabinets and baseboards. Look carefully for peeling paint, and test it.
Tape a sandwich bag under the paint you are testing, and open the bag so the paint falls inside.
Take a clean, sharp chisel or screwdriver, and scrape off some of the suspected paint. Scrape the paint to the bare surface, and collect at least 1 tablespoon of paint.
Push excess air out of the bag, and zip it closed completely.
Using a permanent marker, mark the location where you scraped the paint. Label the bag, and mark your list of sampling areas.
Remove paint from each sampling area, and keep each sample in a separate sandwich bag.
Thoroughly wash your hands and the scraper in the bathroom sink.
Mail the samples to the selected laboratory, and enclose payment as required.
Wait for results from the laboratory. Call the laboratory if it doesn't respond in a reasonable time.
If you find lead paint, hire a professional company to handle it.