Lead – If you have a property that was built prior to 1978 there is a good chance that it may contain lead-based materials.
To learn more about Lead and how it can affect your health and the health of your family the EPA has a great site. Click the link to read more: EPA & Lead
Safe Home Environmental uses the EPA-certified D-Lead test kit to verify the presence of lead in a property. It is not uncommon to find homes built prior to 1978 in and around the downtown areas of Missoula & Ravalli Counties. Those homes may contain lead-based paint.
Oftentimes in those older homes, they have been painted over with newer paints that encapsulate the lead-based paint. If you have a concern, it is possible to use the D-Lead test to determine if there is lead-based paint underneath.
This test does require the use of a blade to make a small cut through the top layers of paint to get down to the substrate. Once that is done the test kit can be used to check for lead-based paint.
Performing this test does require the permission of the owner of the property due to the destructive nature of the test.