When it arrives, expect it to weight about 300 pounds, give or take, depending on the size of the tub and acessories. Move the package into your garage and remove the walk in bath from the crate. You should inspect everything carefully. The first thing you should check for is obvious damage. The second thing you should verify is whether all the parts and accessories are in the crate as well. A detailed shipping manifest that lists the items should be included. If something isn’t right, contact the seller straight away. Don’t email them, call them.
If everything looks okay, then you can have your plumbing and walk in bathtub installation experts take the walk in bath into your house. Be sure to take measurements beforehand to ensure that the tub will fit through your doors and down your hallway. Also before you order, measure the space in your bathroom where the tub will go to make sure you’re getting the right size. In fact, provide as much detail as possible to the seller to ensure there are no issues you might not have thought of.
Also remember that the prices of the walk in baths you see online don’t include the cost of installation. In some cases, the manufacturers will require that you use their designated experts to install the tub or they won’t honor the warranty. Who knows how much that will cost. So be sure to get these types of issuse ironed out before you order.
If you decide to use your own walk in bathtub installation expert, the cost for the project will depend on what all has to be done. Electric wirings may have to be moved, tile work has to be done, doors may need widening, new floorings, the old bathtub has to be removed, new plumbing and so on. The only thing that I would add is that you should not let a handyman take on this project. Hire a licensed professional or plumber who specializes in this type of work.
How To Install Walk In Baths?
As long as you’re not planning to remodel the entire bathroom around your shiny new walk in bath, the installation process should not take that long. In fact, the tub installer should be able to take care of their task in a couple of days or perhaps less.
These tubs may look a little different than traditional bathtubs, but from a plumbing standpoint they’re about the same. So no need to freak out. If a professional plumber has installed a tub before, there shouldn’t be anything that surprises him or her. The new walk in bath is going to require incoming water supply and drain lines just like the old tub. If you purchased some of the fancy bells and whistles like Chromatherapy (color and light therapy), you will need some electrical wiring done.
Before the tub is installed, the plumber should first inspect the unit and perform a water test. This will ensure that there is no damage or defects. If the walk in bath fails the test, contact the manufacturer and review your warranty to see if you’re allowed a replacement.
If the tub is okay, then you’re good to go. Shut off the main water line and remove the old tub and fixtures. The plumber should inspect the old plumbing for usability. He or she should replace or repair any damaged or rusted piping. Then, the new tub should be placed in the same location as the old tub. You’ll quickly notice how much longer your old tub was, but that won’t be a problem.
The plumber should make sure that the new walk in tub is level before any plumbing or electrical work is done. After that, it’s just a matter of connecting all the parts and components according to the walk in bathtub installation manual. If all goes well, then hold your breath and turn on the water. Inspect for leaks and adequate water pressure. Give the tub a run through.
That’s all to it. Now the plumber can repair the drywall that was removed or damaged, and apply caulk around the edge of the bathtub to seal it in.
As for the space that was left by your longer tub, you can get a tub extension kit from the manufacturer. The kit consist fiberglass or acrylic L-shaped sheets that can be cut to the appropriate size to fill the extra space. It’ll look like your nice tub came with shelving.
How To Clean And Maintain Walk In baths?
You’ll want your beautiful walk in bath to look like new for as long as possible. So, it’s critical that you clean it on a regular basis, preferrably right after each use.
The vast majority of walk in baths are made of acrylic or fiberglass. And while these surfaces work great for their intended purpose of holding water, they aren’t bulletproof. You should should never use a harsh or abrasive cleaner on any tub made from these resins. If you do, they will scratch, the color will dull, and the life of the tub will be shortened.
Of the two, fiberglass walk in baths will require a more delicate touch. These tubs are made from polyester fibers that are sprayed onto a mold. This is called a gelcoat. So if you scratch the tub’s surface, it’ll start to look ugly and chalky, and become brittle. Since fiberglass is more porous than acrylic, it will stain easier and lose it’s lustrous color faster.
Walk in baths made of acrylic definitely have much tougher surfaces than their fiberglass counterparts. Acrylic tubs start out as flexible sheets of non-porous resin that are heated and then molded into the desired form. But because the material is a consistent solid sheet through and through, it won’t dull as easily as fiberglass. But it can dull!
As with any product, you should abide by the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for cleaning walk in baths. If the manufacturer doesn’t recommend a specific product, there are lots of non-abrasive liquid bathtub cleaners on the market. You may even want to go with an eco-friendly cleaner. Apply these products using a soft cloth or sponge. Just remember that walk in baths are like other tubs.