RRP Trainer Recommends To Forget Testing

February, 2011 -- Everyone in the contracting industry is entering the lead-testing debate: LeadCheck vs. D-Lead. You've undoubtedly read about these products. Which works better? This one works on plaster. This one is easier to use. This one is ... . Are you puzzled about which testing method you should use on your project? Well, I recommend you don't test for lead. You heard me.

I have been using lead-safe practices in the remodeling industry since 1997. Very few of my projects were built after 1978. Not once have I tested for lead. You read this correctly. I have never tested a project for lead.

In addition to being a contractor, I am an RRP trainer. I have trained more than 3,000 contractors, building inspectors and property managers for several recognizable lead-safe training firms. In my class, my first question is this: Why would you ever choose to test for lead in a home built prior to 1978, especially in New England?

Sounds like heresy, doesn't it? Well, think about it. In New England, we have the oldest housing inventory in the nation. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than testing negative for lead in these homes.

When you test and get a bad result, the home-owner now has a report they must reveal when selling their home. Especially in this market, does a homeowner really need one more reason for his property value to drop?