A Warning: Why Avoid Using Lead Containing House Paint

Although lead house paint doesn’t feature so prominently on the market nowadays, there are still a number of homes across South Africa whose paint jobs contain high levels of lead. Exposure to this lead is a massive health hazard and can lead to a number of different issues down the line. The following piece will take a closer look at why you should avoid using lead containing house paint and rather select from safer paint alternatives.

Lead containing house paint only really becomes an issue when it is disturbed – something that usually takes place during renovations or when the paint job begins to flake and peel. Small fragments of this paint can become airborne and has been known to settle in gardens where it can remain for a number of years.

Lead based paint can cause significant damage to the human body. Symptoms of lead poisoning include nausea, vomiting, headaches as well as a number of other signs related to cognitive delays caused by brain damage.

Always remember to test your paint for lead if you’re at all suspicious about your paint job. You’ll want to test window frames, doors, interior and exterior walls, burglar bars, gutter as well as kitchen and bathroom cupboards. It is thus indispensible to purchase from a reputable supplier only and a service provider with a proven track record.

Contact the team here at Warrior Paints to find out more about our extensive range of exterior and interior house paints and colour options, or for any more information regarding lead containing products.

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