I was talking to someone recently who told me that approximately 25% of baths get damaged between leaving the factory and being installed. This struck me as a staggering number and got me thinking about the changes that have taken place over the last 40 years to bring this about.
The traditional, robust cast iron bath with a heavy enamel coating has been replaced by pressed steel with a thin enamel coating or fibre glass backing a gel set “plastic”. Modern baths are lower cost to produce and ship, but are nowhere near as robust and are much more prone to damage.
The less robust nature of modern baths leads to calls from plumbers, homeowners, letting agents, and hotels asking us to repair chips. The top 5 reasons given are as follows.
1 A plumber (or a DIY enthusiast) drops a tool into the bath during installation. Predictable, but a regular occurrence.
2 The shower head is dropped into the bath. Some of the bigger, heavy shower heads do significant damage to the enamel when dropped onto the surface. One customer in particular couldn’t work out why the tap end of the bath was heavily chipped and there was no damage elsewhere on the bath. Bath time for her kids generally included play time with the shower head – a lot of fun, but not without consequences.
3 A heavy plug is dropped into the bath causing a chip to be removed. Another predictable occurrence.
4 The bathroom is often a safe haven from the rigours of the outside world. Relax with a touch of luxury, until you knock over a vase or ornament.
5 Movable shower screens are broken and fall into the bath. This final reason is less avoidable than the previous reasons.
Of course I left out another common reason in larger households – someone else did it, but no one owns up.
What’s the whole point of this? Enjoy your bathroom, but with a bit of thought you may avoid the
pain of paying for a repair.