Lead Testing

Maypole provides lead testing across the 5 boroughs of New York City.  Whether you are looking to test for lead-based paint or lead water contamination we can help!

Why Is Lead Testing Important?

Lead can affect almost every organ and system in the body. Children under the age of 6 are at the highest risk levels. The most important step a parent can take is to prevent lead exposure before it happens. In 2012 the CDC lowered the blood lead level of concern in children in the hopes that it will trigger parents and doctors to take action earlier. 


Behavior and Learning Problems

Lower IQ


Slowed Growth

Hearing Problems


Seizures, Coma, Death (in rare cases)

Pregnant Women

Reduced fetal growth

Premature Birth


Cardiovascular Effects

Increased Blood Pressure


Decreased Kidney Function

Reproductive Problems

Types Of Lead Testing

Lead can be tested in paint chip samples, dust wipes, and water sampling.  Depending on the concerns one or all of these methods may be used. 

The lab analysis will show not only whether lead is present or not but also the levels present in the specific source.

Lead in Water

Lead can enter drinking water through corrosion of pipes, especially when the water has high acidity or low mineral content.  Spaces built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures, and solder. However, even new, legally "lead-free" plumbing may contain up to 8% lead. 

Maypole will take multiple samples from each water source in the space and have it analyzed to determine if lead is present and if so, in what quantities.  

Lead-Based Paint

Maypole uses paint chip samples to test for the presence of lead.  This method requires us to take a 2x2 inch paint chip sample from the area(s) in question. We will take the samples in areas that are as unobtrusive as possible.

Maypole has chosen this method of testing in lieu of the XRF  (X-Ray Flourescence) gun as we view it as a safer and more accurate technique, especially when people and children may be present.   

Lead Dust

Studies have shown that dust lead levels are the strongest predictor of children's blood lead levels compared with a number of other variables. The most common place to find lead-based paint is in the dust on window sills and in window troughs, floors, doors, or baseboards.  It can also be found on and near stairs, railings, fire escapes, and porches.

Maypole will take dust wipe samples of any areas where dust is collecting or where deteriorating paint is detected.


  • Visual Inspection

  • Sampling of material(s)


  • Review of lab results

  • Written report of findings


  • Discussion of results

  • Explanation of report

What to Expect

The inspection is just the beginning of the services that Maypole provides.  Once the inspection is complete and we receive the results back from the laboratory we will thoroughly analyze them prior to issuing the inspection report.  

We are always here to answer any questions along the way or to review the results with you.  In the event that lead is found we can also help you navigate the best course of action and your options on how to proceed. 

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