Lead in Bathtubs

Are YOU and YOUR children at risk?

Lead Poisoning is Preventable! The Center for Disease Control states that nearly half a million children living in the U. S. have levels of lead in their blood that are high enough to cause irreversible damage to their health. Children are most often exposed to lead through lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust found in older homes. However, other sources of lead poisoning can be related to old toys, furniture, mini-blinds, ceramic dishes, pottery, and even porcelain bathtubs.

Bathtubs: A source of Lead Poisoning Porcelain bathtubs are often overlooked as being a possible source for acute lead poisoning in children. Many glazes used by bathtub manufacturers have contained lead for years. Should the porcelain on the surface become chipped, eroded, or damaged, lead can leach from the surface and contaminate the water. When small children drink the bath water or put wet fingers or bathtub toys in their mouths, they put themselves in danger of lead poisoning. “Many families spend large sums of money and countless hours trying to find the cause of their children’s abnormal blood lead levels, not realizing it may be their bathtubs. If you suspect the tubs in your home contain lead, you should have them tested.”

What Are The Symptoms Of Lead Poisoning? Every system in the body can be affected by lead poisoning. These symptoms can include: Headache & Stomachache Irritability & Fatigue Impaired Hearing & Memory Loss Learning Disabilities & Behavioral Problems Kidney & Central Nervous System Damage Unfortunately, many symptoms of lead poisoning go unrecognized. Blood testing is the only reliable way to confirm lead exposure in children. Nearly 100% of porcelain bathtubs manufactured from the early 1900′s- the late 1980′s contain lead. Approximately 10% of tubs manufactured post 1980′s contain lead.

Encapsulation: Solving Your Lead Problem If your bathtub tests positive for lead, Premier Refinishing can professionally refinish your tub and eliminate the leaching of lead by encapsulating the tub with a special primer and finish coat. Once it dries, the coating prevents contact with the lead-based paint. Encapsulation is not only safe but is also a very cost effective solution and does not involve getting rid of your old bathtub. It is not necessary for families to leave their home and there is no messy cleanup. Premier Refinishing cleans up thoroughly and promptly so that life can return to normal as soon as possible. For more information about lead poisoning from bathtubs or other porcelain fixtures as well as protection from lead exposure, contact Premier Refinishing today!

Source(s): CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/factsheets/leadfcts.htm

Lead In Your Home: A Parent’s Reference Guide http://www.epa.gov/lead/leadrev.pdf