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Understand the Risk of Doing Sandblasting at Home

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by byersbushblog

It’s simple to get your own sandblasting setup going at your house; unfortunately it’s also quite dangerous to build a sandblasting setup without all the proper protective gear. While sandblasting silica is given off to the air, and that’s a very harmful substance to be breathing in. If you aren’t careful you’ll end up with some very serious breathing issues from repeated exposure to the substance.

Understanding Silicosis

Silicosis is a very serious disease that isn’t curable and is caused by sandblasting in improper conditions. Even when wearing a respirator you can end up with silicosis and all the terrible symptoms that come along with it.

While sandblasting, you are putting silica dust off into the air. If even a small amount of this dust is inhaled it will embed itself in the little sacks in your lungs required for taking oxygen out of the air. This makes breathing more difficult and can even cause you to require an oxygen tank to breathe properly.

Not only that but it’s common to suffer from coughing and inflammation in the lungs similar to pneumonia. These are all issues that people with silicosis have to deal with for life, and the only treatments currently available help alleviate symptoms but don’t cure anything.

Protecting Yourself

It’s difficult to protect yourself from silicosis because even wearing a charcoal respirator while you work isn’t enough to keep the tiny particles out of your lungs. There are many cases where construction workers developed the disease after working for years with a respirator on each and every day.

The only real way to prevent the illness is to keep the silica dust out of the air, and for that you need an advanced sandblasting setup with a contained unit that traps the dust in place. Those are quite expensive, and if you rely on traditional sandblasting equipment you’ll be exposing yourself.

Hiring Professionals

Instead of exposing yourself to that dangerous silica dust, you should leave sandblasting up to the professionals. There are some experts today that have equipment to properly protect them. They can handle the work without worrying about adverse effects and they should be the ones doing the work.

Sure it might cost you a bit more money to have someone else handle the work for you, especially if you need sandblasting help regularly, but it’s better to spend a bit more and preserve your health, than it is to put your health at risk.

Finding the Right Provider

It’s important to take your time when picking out a professional to do your sandblasting work. There are a few things that you want to consider when looking for a company to handle the work for you. The first is what is the purpose of getting the objects sandblasted and is there any additional work that you’d like done as well.

It’s good to think about this because if you want something powder coated as well as sandblasted clean, it makes sense to find a provider that can do both things for you at once. You’ll save time when you work with a company like Byers Bush that will do both tasks at once, and you’ll likely save some money as well.

It might seem like a good money-saving idea to do your own sandblasting work, but the money that you save likely isn’t worth the harm you do to your health. You could do irreparable damage to your lungs and then have to suffer with that for the rest of your life. Do yourself a favor and hire a pro to do the work instead. You’ll be glad you did later on.

Contact Byers Bush and leave all the headaches to the professional to do their job in giving the best powder coating result for your equipment with the minimal impact on air quality and health environment.

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