QUESTION: How to purchase a BASIC DIY home lead assessment kit for testing water, soil, dust etc. - 22 Oct 2007 NSW, Australia
I would like to know whether the Basic DIY Test Kit $120 includes water test for lead or not? And how we go about purchasing it?
EMAIL TWO Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 9:11 PM
Thanks for the response. Currently I'm renting a 3 room old flat in Wollongong. I believe my flat probably built before 1965, so my concern is the water pipe used and paint used in this old flat. There's no water tank here. Do u think the basic kit is sufficient for the lead test? Please advise.
ANSWER: 20 Oct 2007
The Do It Yourself Lead Safe Test Kits - can be used for measuring lead in soil, paint, dust, water, etc. You get to decide what type of samples you will put in to the two sample containers that we supply with the kit. So, yes, you can use the kit to test water but you would be best to read the kit instructions before deciding what sort of samples it might be best to test in your situation.
If you have a drinking water tank or new plumbing, you would certainly want to test your drinking water (at the kitchen tap) for lead. Otherwise, you may be best to test dust or soil. If someone is just about to come in and dry-sand your paint, then you should test the paint for lead before they start.
Update: 14 December 2011
The cost of the laboratory analysis for the two samples is included in the cost of the Basic kit - $120 or $100 for LEAD Group members and the new water only Lead test Kits $100 or $85 for LEAD Group members. (lab analysis is included in the cost of the Comprehensive kit which allows you to have 8 samples tested at the lab for $275 or $250 for LEAD Group members.). Join The LEAD Group today! Membership is only $5 per annum
Orders can be done by supplying your credit card details by phone or email (name on card, type of card, number and expiry date). We also need your mailing address and phone number.
EMAIL TWO Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 12:42 AM
if you have young children, you would really need the Comprehensive kit so you can collect samples of dust, soil, paint and water. But if there are only adults, I guess you could get away with just sampling paint and drinking water.
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