The Lead Inspector “Home Drinking Water” lead test kit is very easy to use and provides accurate test results within minutes, no long waits or additional costs for laboratory fees. The kit will detect lead down to the EPA action level of 15 ppb (parts per BILLION) and will have a shelf life of at least 1 year (usually longer).
- Test down to EPA action levels
- Test complete in approximately 10 minutes
- Accurate results
- Very simple to use
Kit contains all necessary items and instructions to perform one complete home drinking water lead test and provide test results.
Lead in drinking water can cause a variety of adverse health effects. In babies and children, exposure to lead in drinking water above the EPA maximum safety level can result in delays in physical and mental development, along with slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. In adults, it can cause increases in blood pressure. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.
Lead is rarely found in source water, but enters tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures, and/or solder. However, new homes are also at risk: even legally “lead-free” plumbing may contain up to 8 percent lead. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially hot water.