By now, most people have heard of walk-in tubs. These are the innovative bathtubs that eliminate the need for users to “climb” in to enjoy a relaxing soak. In fact, most of these tubs have a small step that is no more than six inches off the ground.
Not only do these tubs may taking a bath easier and safer for those with mobility issues – especially seniors – they also offer therapeutic benefits thanks to the standard whirlpool jets.
Unfortunately, if the tub isn’t installed properly, serious issues with use can occur. Getting to know the most common mistakes during the installation of a walk-in tub will help you know what to look for and ensure you can avoid the same situation when your bathtub is being put in place.
Electrical Component Errors
The most common mistake made when installing a walk-in tub is with the electrical parts. It is imperative that the wiring is hooked to your electrical box, rather than an outlet nearby. If this isn’t done a number of serious usage and safety issues may occur.
It is a good idea to hire an installation professional who has not only installed these tubs before but also who understands the local electrical codes and requirements.
If a new walk-in tub is being installed in an older home, there is a good chance that the drain in place is also older. If some of the components of the drain aren’t replaced, such as the traps, then the tub won’t drain very quickly.
Keep in mind, with the design of the walk-in tub, you can’t get out until all the water has completely drained. If you are having to wait four to five minutes to get out of the tub, you may catch a chill, which can be especially detrimental for seniors.
Most walk-in tubs are fitted with fast drains, which take the draining process to under a minute; however, if the drain components in the home aren’t replaced at the time of installation, it may not be able to work effectively.
Caulk is used to install the waterproof material to the wall behind the tub and on the joints of the walk-in tub. If your installation professional fails to use quality caulk, then leaks may occur around the new tub. If these leaks are small, you may not even notice them until the water has caused significant damage and rot.
An Unlevel Tub
Have you ever been in an unlevel bathtub or shower? Unfortunately, this is an issue seen in many older homes. If your new walk-in tub is not installed level, it can result in several issues down the road.
The best way to avoid the mistakes listed here is to hire the right installer for your walk-in tub. Take some time to research the options to find someone who knows what to do and who has plenty of experience in this industry. Doing so will help ensure your new walk-in tub doesn’t have issues.
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