Lead Poisoning: Is It Hiding in Your Bathtub?

Lead poisoning is a topic that we’ve all heard about. We know lead can live in our walls, floorboards, doorframes and other common living areas, and we’ve all been warned to make sure our water is clean. But one place that is often overlooked as a source of lead poisoning is the bathtub. This is especially dangerous, as we all spend a lot of time in our tub, whether we’re having a soak or taking a quick shower. Even worse, our children are bathing in that same tub, too, which means they are possibly being exposed to high levels of toxicity.

If you think you might have a problem with lead in your bathtub, call the experts at A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service LLC for bathtub refinishing in Phoenix, AZ.

Here are a few must-know facts about lead poisoning in bathtubs:

  • High levels of lead can exist in multiple tub types: Whether you have an enamel or porcelain tub, you are at equal risk for lead, which can live in both the glaze (known as surface coating) and the substrate (or under coating). Tubs can frequently hold 300,000ppm (parts per million) of lead or more, and they are often left as is, even during extensive bathroom remodels or updates. This problem is worsened as the tub starts to deteriorate, letting potentially high levels of lead out into your bath water.
  • Older tubs have a high risk: Multiple studies have found that about 75 percent of tubs manufactured before 1978 have a glaze that contains lead. In fact, about 40 percent of them will even show lead dust levels that can be easily measured, just from a collection of surface particles. We appreciate an elegant, vintage tub as much as the next person—especially those beautiful claw foot varieties—but unfortunately, such tubs are also very likely to contain lead.
  • Blood tests can reveal lead issues: Sometimes a home sample kit isn’t enough to determine a high lead level in your home. This is a case for the experts, and A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service LLC will be able to tell you for sure if there is a risk of lead in your bathtub. Many people discover they have a lead problem after conducting blood tests for their children. If your children show any level of lead in their blood, call in an expert right away.
  • Lead affects kids in dangerous ways: Any level of lead in the blood can be extremely detrimental. Kids can experience lowered IQ, as well as suffer from attention deficit disorders and problems with behavior. It can even delay puberty and cause diminished hearing.

The old adage applies here: better safe than sorry. Do you have an older tub? Did you move in to a house without knowing the status of the bathtub? Whatever your situation, it’s imperative that you protect the health of your family. Call A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service LLC to inspect your bathtub today. We can provide bathtub refinishing in Phoenix, AZ that reduces your risk of lead exposure and looks great in the process.