Dangers of Lead Paint

lead paint on houses


Painting your house can be an expensive job, especially if you hire a professional. There are ways you can do it yourself, but you have to be aware of the materials you use. Here is why you shouldn’t use lead paint for house painting.

Health Hazards of Lead Paint:

  • Low Level Exposure: Behavioral problems and learning disabilities for children
  • High Level Exposure: Lead poisoning.

Although there are no established safety levels of lead exposure, the risk can be minimized by not using lead-based paint if your house is constantly exposed to moisture. Moisture can cause the paint to peel and chip, which can be hazardous, especially if you have babies or children under the age of 5 years old.

What is Lead Poisoning:

Lead poisoning is a type of poisoning that happens after too much lead has entered the body. Lead can enter the body through: inhalation, ingestion, drinking or even absorbing it in the skin. Lead is a heavy metal that isn’t safe to ingest in large amounts. This is a high risk for those of you that have toddlers as they can ingest lead easily. It’s important to test your paint for lead.

Who Is At High Risk of Lead Poisoning:

  • Infants- This is because while they are young they have a habit of putting what they have in their hands into their mouth. This is particularly dangerous if your house is painted with lead paint, because chipping from the walls can be ingested by children.
  • Pregnant Women- Any exposure to lead paint is enough to cause damage to both the mother and child. It’s important to be conscious of lead in the house as even just a small amount can cause some very serious damage.
  • Children Below 5 years old: Children who are younger than five years old still have a habit of putting things that they shouldn’t in their mouths. Paint chipping is dangerous, so if you use lead-based paint, then you should make sure that your walls aren’t prone to chipping to ensure that no one can ingest or inhale lead.

Removing Lead-Based Paint:

If you made the decision to use lead-based paint then you should at least make sure it doesn’t chip. Any chipping can also create lead dust, which can cause damage to whoever is living in your house. One way you can remedy lead paint is by covering it with wallpaper, paneling, or vinyl paints.

There are important precautions to take before sanding or chipping at the paints, so an easier remedy to lead paints is to cover it up until you have time to prepare to remove the paint.

Key Takeaways:

Painting your house is one way to change things up. However, it’s always good to know what you are working with and the risks that come with it. Here’s why you shouldn’t use lead paint for house painting. We hope you take these risks into consideration before using lead paint for painting your house’s walls.