Understanding The Health Risks of Paint

When it comes to beautifying a house, painting is one of the best options to take because through painting, you will not only be enhancing the appearance of both the interior and exterior of your home, you will also be helping in protecting the surface and the foundation of your home. Besides adding color to your home, when you coat your walls and the other surfaces of your house, you will unknowingly also be guarding or shielding them from environmental or weather damage as well as other substances or materials that may lead to their degradation.

But before you have your house repainted, you would also need to learn more about the health risks of being exposed to paint. Painting would seem like a simple task but in truth, when you are exposed to paint, you are also exposed to risks that may negatively affect your health.

When it comes to paint, there are two types that you can choose from: water-based paints and solvent-based paints. In a health and environmental perspective, the most plausible choice would have to be water-based paints since they are much safer to use. When you use solvent-based paints, or the so-called ‘traditional’ paints, you should be cautious enough so that you would avoid health hazards.

It is true that toxicity levels vary from solvent to solvent but each of them are known to pose potential health hazards to human beings especially when they penetrate the body. Solvents may be able to penetrate the body via three ways.

The first one is through the respiratory tract due to the inhalation of vapors. They can also pass through the skin when there is unprotected contact with the solvent. And if swallowed, it can pass through the digestive system, which may prove to be the most harmful of all.

Know that when you are exposed to solvents, there may be an irritation on the skin and other parts of the body. One may also experience headaches, dizziness, nausea and respiratory problems. Solvents can also affect the nervous system along with many organs like the liver, kidney and the blood.

If you fear for your safety when repainting your home, it is best if you just hire a professional painter or decorator to help you out. Arthur Fitzhugh Decorating is known to provide skillful painters and decorators. If you’re interested, you can visit their website at www.FitzhughDecoratorsNorthampton.co.uk