How Do Walk In Tubs Work?
Walk-in bathtubs are extremely beneficial to those who could use safety and mobility assistance in the bathroom. Everyone deserves to have a bathing experience without fear of falling or injuring themselves. One of the most common questions that we get about walk-in accessibility tubs is “how does the water stay in?” This question makes complete sense. Not only do you want to prevent water damage in your home, but if you are already worried about slipping and falling in the bathroom, the last thing you want is to have water leaking out of your tub and causing a falling hazard.
So, just how do walk-in bathtubs stay watertight?
It’s quite simple actually. Unlike a standard bathtub, walk-in tubs have a door that swings open to make it easier for those individuals with limited mobility to get in and out. The opening door is fitted with a water tight seal, so that when closed, no water will leak out of the tub. In addition to the door design itself, there is usually silicone or other non-water soluble material around the edge to further prevent any water from escaping.
When you are using a walk-in bathtub, it is not filled with water until the door is closed. Tub users can get the water temperature to where they would like it, then step in and close the door while the tub fills. You would never fill the tub with the door open. Depending on the level of mobility, some individuals may need a caregiver to help them with this process. The door closes tightly and the gelcoat or silicone waterproofing further protects any water from seeping out. These water tight seals are resistant to hot water and last for a long time. Should there be a problem with the seal, walk-in tub door seal replacement is readily available through the manufacturer or most hardware stores. If your tub was installed by EZ Rampz Mobility Solutions, the problem should be covered by our Lifetime Warranty.
What are the benefits of a walk-in tub?
Walk-in tubs are a great alternative to traditional tubs for those who face mobility challenges, but still want to be able to relax in a warm bath. In fact, hydrotherapy can have positive effects on a variety of ailments and just relaxing in the warm water is great for sore muscles or joints. There are a variety of manufacturers and tub models for walk-in bathtubs and some even come with air jets for an even more relaxing whirlpool experience.
If sitting in a seated position for a bather is no longer an option, it may be time to consider a walk-in shower conversion instead. You may be able to convert a standard walk in shower into a larger roll in shower as well.
Can EZ Rampz Mobility Solutions help me install a walk-in tub?
Absolutely! At EZ Rampz, we specialize in a wide range of services to help update and outfit bathroom spaces with safety features and modifications for those with mobility needs. Not only does EZ Rampz carry a full line of Rane walk-in tubs, we are also also proud to offer installation of CleanCut Tubs. The best thing about these step-in tubs is that you can actually convert an existing traditional bathtub into a walk-in tub. This not only ensures that your new tub will fit in an existing space, it can also save you money. This is a great option for homeowners who may not need the mobility modification on a regular basis.
EZ Rampz also offers Best Bath products for barrier free shower and bath designs, as well as bathroom accessories to help with safety and mobility such as handrails, safe steps, anti-slip products, adjustable shower heads and more. If we can be of assistance to your mobility needs, please reach out to our team today.