How hard is it to install a Walk in Tub?
One of the top concerns of many homeowners who would like to purchase a walk in tub is the installation process. Contrary to popular belief, walk in tubs are designed with very easy-to-install features. The installation process is likely to be similar to that of a standard tub, if not simpler. With some basic plumbing skills, you can have your walk in tub installed immediately after purchasing it. You just need to get a licensed plumber who has experience installing a walk in tub and you’ll be good to go.
We’ll walk you through the process of installing a walk in tub and help you to understand what is involved in this simple procedure.
- Conduct an inspection
Before any installation is done, an inspection must be conducted. The walk in tub should be in proper state, free of any form of damage or defect. In case a walk in tub has been damaged or has a leak then it should never be installed. You are advised to get in touch with the manufacturer or just follow your warranty instructions.
- Remove the old tub
Once it is confirmed that the walk in tub is in proper condition, the next important step is to have your old bathtub removed, assuming you already had a tub in your bathroom space. Removing an old tub is a simple process that any licensed plumber can do. The plumber may have to remove and replace some old pluming and tub fixtures before installing the walk in tub. Plumbing must be correctly positioned before installing the new walk in tub.
- Installing the new tub
Once the old tub is removed and plumbing is perfected, the next thing is to slide the new tub into the existing space. Care must be taken to ensure that the tub is leveled. The good thing with modern walk in tubs is that they come with adjustable feet that help to ensure the tub is leveled during installation. After installing the walk in tub, plumbing and electrical components will be installed as required.
- Installing the necessary fixtures
Walk in tubs come with different features so the installation will depend on the kind of tub you buy. The installation process will depend on the style. There are tubs that come with hydrotherapy features that must be installed properly for them to work. For those walk in tubs that have hydrotherapy features then the plumber will need to work with an electrician who will install the pumps, heaters and motors.
- Run the walk in tub
After completing the installation process, the plumber can now run the water to ensure that there are no leaks. It’s also important for the plumber to check the water pressure and ensure that it is adequate.
If you want to buy a walk in tub that is smaller than your standard tub, you can still have it installed in your bathroom. You just have to invest in an extension kit that can easily fill in the extra space and provide the perfect size of tub for your needs/space.