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A New Bathtub Refinish Can Protect A Family From Lead Poisoning

Freddie Kuhn

Lead poisoning is a problem that affected millions of Americans before lead was banned from use in commercial products. Unfortunately there's a chance that an older bathtub could contain a lead-based finish. Thankfully a new bathtub finish can protect a family from this danger until they can afford a new bathtub.

Yes, Lead Exists In Older Bathtubs

In bathtubs made before the dangers of lead were fully understood (before the 1980s), there is a chance that its finish contains lead. This isn't necessarily a danger if the finish is holding up to wear and tear. However lead can leach from this finish and cause a variety of health problems. This is particularly true for children, in whom it can cause:

  • Convulsions
  • Irritation
  • Low energy
  • Decreased IQ
  • Mental confusion
  • Coma
  • Death

While less severe in adults, lead poisoning can also cause muscle tremors, irritation, poor attention span, memory loss, decreased sex drive, depression, fatigue, and lethargy.

Bathtub Refinishing Can Help Trap The Lead

New bathtub finishes don't have lead in them, and refinishing an old bathtub will trap the lead-based finish and protect families from getting affected by this dangerous contaminant. A new finish should be applied if anyone believes that their bathtub could contain lead or if they simply want to protect their family against the potential of this problem.

Refinishing a bathtub requires the skills of a professional, especially in a situation as delicate as this. Failure to fully finish the bathtub could allow some lead to escape and endanger a family's health. Some may be debating completely replacing the bathtub with a newer one, which is possible, but is usually more expensive than simply refinishing.

Cost Considerations

Debating the cost of a refinish over a replacement may seem silly when discussing protecting your family's life, but it is an important consideration for those who don't have a lot of money. Bathtub refinishing will trap the lead in a bathtub for years, giving a family plenty of time to save up for a completely new bathtub. At its cheapest, it can cost about $200, though the average bathtub refinish cost is about $460.

By comparison, a bathtub replacement averages about $2,900 and can cost as high as $8,500. Saving up for this kind of investment will take a family a few years, and a bathtub refinish can give them the protection that they need to avoid lead poisoning until it is safe to buy a new bathtub with a lead-free finish.