A Home Guide to Storing Solvents
With the arrival of beautiful, spring-like weather it is time to start all of those home projects you have been putting off all winter! Whether you are planning on refinishing your deck, finally changing the colour of your siding, or working on your car, it is important to properly store all products that have solvents in them.
What Are Solvents?
They are liquids or gasses that can dissolve or extract other substances. They are used to dissolve grease, oil, and paint; to thin or mix pigments, paint, glue, pesticides, and epoxy resins; to clean electronics, automotive parts, tools, and engines. Solvents are also used to make other chemicals.
Products that contain solvents include:
- Household cleaners
- Spot removers
- Nail polish remover
- Automotive products
- Metal and vapor degreasers
- Paint strippers and thinners
- Foam blowing agents
What Should You Do?
Solvents are flammable and for that reason, must be properly stored. It is critical to make sure that all flammable liquids and adhesives are not stored anywhere near your furnace, hot water heater, or any other form of equipment that is gas-operated.
Corrosive materials, such as solvents, can cause damage to pipes and increase the chances of a gas leak. Even if the container is properly sealed, fumes can still escape and be a risk.
If possible, these types of materials should be stored in an area where they cannot damage or react with anything nearby. A good suggestion is in your garage. Outdoor sheds or storage containers are also good storage options.
If you do not have a proper area to store these materials, you can contact your local municipal government office to see if they have any safe disposal programs in place.