Walk-In Tub Installation: FAQs From Prospective Customers

For individuals with mobility issues, a walk-in tub offers a way for them to bathe safely and in privacy. If you have been considering a custom walk-in tub for your home, you are bound to have a few questions. Take a look at a few of the most common questions below. 

What's the difference between a walk-in tub and a walk-in shower?

A walk-in tub allows an individual with mobility issues to step inside the tub, have a seat, and enjoy a bath. A walk-in shower is different in that this is simply a shower that you walk into and take a shower in because it has a low-step threshold at the door. The former is designed to cater to accessibility needs. The latter is a type of shower used in many modern homes. 

Do you need more space for a walk-in tub?

A walk-in tub does not require more space than a traditional bathtub. The footprint of the tub is about the same, so the walk-in tub can be installed directly where a standard tub once stood. The only size difference is usually the height of the tub, which must be tall enough to accommodate a seated person and enough water to cover most of their body during a bath. 

Will you need a new water heater to cater to the new tub?

It depends on the size of the tub you choose and the existing water heater you have in your home. Keep in mind that these tubs hold more water than a standard tub. Therefore, a larger water heater may be necessary if you normally only rely on a smaller unit. 

How does a walk-in tub not leak when the tub is full?

The walk-in tub is designed to be leak-proof, which may seem counterintuitive in a tub that boasts a door. However, it is the door itself that is the key to the leak-proof design. The door has a heavy seal on it that seals off the tub when you pull the door closed and turn the knob to lock it in place. 

Can you get a shower added to your walk-in tub?

You can opt to have a shower package added during walk-in tub installation. This shower functions much like a shower in a regular bathtub. The only difference is that you can step into the tub, close the door, and have a seat while you shower. You can also close off the drain and use a handheld shower feature to wash your hair or wash off your body even while the tub is full. 

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