Monday, March 11, 2013

House Painting Issues: Dealing With Lead Paint

While everyone would need house painting, there have been a few recent issues regarding it. One of the largest issues would probably be the use of lead paint and its effects on people. While paint has commonly thought to be harmless for a lot of people, the lead contained in it is the total opposite and sadly, it has been proven many times to be harmless.

Lead has become an issue not because it is an ingredient of paint. Lead has also been used in other materials such as toys and school supplies and with the same issues; lead has been known to poison a lot of people. 

Although it can be a threat, you can avoid it easily. Lead can be everywhere but avoiding it is quite easy to manage.

What Is Lead Poisoning?

In the interior of buildings that are much older as well as in other details such as the doors, ceilings, cabinets and doors, lead has been used until it was banned in 1978 since it has been proven to cause several sicknesses in children and also in adults. Dealing with this problem can be very costly that some owners who do not care much would not deal with the problem at all, thus causing a threat to all the people who would be exposed to the surfaces that are painted with lead paint.

According to a study, exposure of people to lead paint can cause several mental and physical disorders than can prove destructive as it develops. For pregnant women, exposure to lead can cause abnormal development of the fetus. Lead poisoning can cause a lot ranging from kidney problems in children or in adults to an increase in blood pressure.

What Can You Do?

In most cases, people would try to remove the cause by scraping off the harmful layer of paint and applying a new layer. While this would be the easiest way, you should never try to do this. Scraping off the layer off could cause particles to go flying onto the air and those particles can poison anyone who would inhale it. Instead, try to cover the harmful layer with something like a wallboard or wallpaper and paint that layer.

For doors, cabinets and other small parts, it would be best to have them replaced entirely. You would not want to risk anything regarding health and for this, the safest way is to have the entire thing removed. While that may sound very costly, it pays to be sure of everyone’s welfare.

If You Don’t Want To Do It Yourself

With the threats imposed by these issues, you might not want to risk your own welfare and thus, have someone else to do the job for you. Fortunately, some people specialize in this. You can hire contractors that are certified to deal with issues regarding lead poisoning. These people already know what to do and can give you advice on how to maintain it and with that, you can already fix the issues without doing things yourself.

With the experience and capabilities of these people, hiring them could be the best option for you. While it may cost you something, you and other people who could be harmed are much safer if you have them do the job for you and with that, your health and everyone else’s health are worth much more than the extra cash you would have to pay if you have an expert to do it for you.

Lead paint in house painting may have cause a lot of issues but with ways to control them, there should not be too much.

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