Lead is often found in old paint, varnish, and household dust and dirt, in homes or apartments built before 1978. Lead poisoning is a concern for children between 6 months and 6 years of age as they can be poisoned by lead when they eat or inhale dust, paint chips, or other materials containing lead.
If your home or apartment was built before 1978, you should test for lead if you have paint that is peeling or chipping or impact areas like windows, floors and doors that may have paint dust. You should also test for lead on surfaces containing old paint or varnish before painting or remodeling.
Samples may be collected from any surface including furniture.
Results are generally available two weeks after the sample is received by our lab. For rush orders (results in 5 working days) – call about availability and fee. Rush testing is not available on samples submitted by mail.
Mail or deliver sample and payment to: (We cannot be responsible for cash payment sent through the mail.)Public Health Madison & Dane County Laboratory