Why test for lead?

Lead is a toxic metal that was used in plumbing materials and water service lines. Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects including behavioral problems and learning disabilities, especially in young children.  The Illinois EPA recommends day care centers built before January 1, 2000 test their water for lead

How many samples do I need to take?

Two (2) samples should be collected from each water source that can potentially be used for drinking and/or food preparation. This includes drinking fountain, sink, and fridge. Water sampling must be conducted first thing in the morning after the water has been stagnate for a minimum of 6 hours but no more than 18 hours. Take care to ensure the water is not used for any purpose including flushing toilets, showers, etc… A first draw sample is collected when first turning on the tap and a second after the water has run for 30 seconds. With your order, Suburban Laboratories will provide you with sampling instructions, gloves, and containers to collect the samples.

If you have an refrigerator with an ice dispenser you will also need to order an additional kit for ice samples here: Lead in Ice Sample Kit.

What can I do?

If you want to take the next steps in making sure your home is lead free, check out our lead testing kit in the link provided Lead in Day Cares. Also, feel free to contact Suburban Laboratories or send us a message on our Social Media Pages. Suburban Laboratories, protecting human health and the environment since 1936.