How to Collect a Sample for Lead (Pb) Analysis

Lead in Paint

Two square inches is best (about the size of a credit card). Make sure to chip or cut the paint down to the substrate to capture all the layers. It is OK if a little of the wood or other inseparable substrate is captured in the sample, but bear in mind this will water down the concentration. Place the sample in an airtight container such as a ziplock bag.

Lead in Dust

Two tablespoons is best for bulk lead dust and small chips and can be placed in an airtight container or ziplock bag.  When the dust is finely dispersed over an area, wipe sampling may be necessary.  Call us to speak with an inspector about wipe sampling.

Lead in Drinking Water

Call JSE for an appropriate sampling container and sampling instructions. Contact us if you have other questions. Find out more about our in-home testing services.


Nead a Lead Test?

Select “Lead (Pb)” on our chain of custody form and drop off your sample at one of our locations today!