According to Health Canada, if your house was built before 1990 it contains lead-based paint. “Lead-based paint in your home is a serious health hazard if it is chipping or flaking…” If your tub was reglazed or painted before 1990 and it’s chipping, you should definitely get the tub stripped and reglazed by professionals. Claw foot tubs require immediate attention, as the bather tends to stay longer in these types of tubs.
Dr. Tubs Reglazing technicians are all highly trained in removing all types of paint from bathtubs. Give us a call today at 416-630-9143.
Dr. Tubs Reglazing only uses paints that are lead free, melamine free and isocynate free.
In an April 19, 1995 Good Morning America broadcast, they stated that bathtubs were America’s most unexpected source of lead exposure for children. They also stated that as of late 1995, manufactures were continuing to use poisonous substances in the manufacturing of bathtubs. This is a concern for all of us, as lead exposure can cause serious illness especially in children.
In another article, Claude Limoges, President of American Lead Consultants said,” We find lead in tubs 50% of the time, when inspecting older homes”. This is why it is so very important to test your bathtub for lead. Small children are the most effected by lead exposure. Even in small amounts lead exposure can effect the development of our children. Most children are exposed to lead in bathtubs, by drinking the water and putting paint chips in their mouth.
If you are thinking of purchasing an older claw foot bathtub, make sure you test it for lead before use. These bathtubs contain a lot of lead in the porcelain and in the cast iron. Most old claw foot bathtubs have also had their exteriors painted. Children should never be exposed to these bathtubs unless a professional has properly refinished the tub.