Adding a whirlpool bathtub to your bathroom is an exciting project but you must not lose sight of the practical side of having a whirlpool tub. Having massaging jets, bubbling water, and a spa-like atmosphere is spellbinding but you must give careful consideration to some of the following aspects of having a whirlpool bathtub. Let’s look at some of the most important considerations to make when you are planning this upgrade for your bathroom.
- The most important thing to consider when you are deciding the style and design of your whirlpool bath is where it will be placed in the bathroom. The space that you have may dictate the size of tub that you buy and the fixtures like the toilet and basin may also limit the whirlpool’s final location in the bathroom. Whirlpool baths may hold more water than your previous tub did, so check the weight of the tub so that you can reinforce any flooring that supports the bath. If you have questions, your bathroom supplier or an engineer familiar with structure and load-bearing joists may be able to help you.
- Who will be using the whirlpool and how big are they? This will direct you toward a single person sized tub or one that is designed for two people. Even though your children may be small now they will grow quickly, so don’t use their size as a benchmark for the size of bath that you buy now. Also ask yourself if your hot water tank can accommodate the capacity of hot water to fill the whirlpool. All of these factors can impact the decision that you make.
- Another consideration that will influence the practicality of your decision will be the budget that you have and what you prefer. You’ll be able to pick from a recessed tub, a drop-in model, a corner style, and a freestanding tub that needs plenty of space to work properly. With each of these options you should also think about access for maintenance and the supply piping that brings the water to your whirlpool.
- Practically speaking, you should also take a look at where your drain is located and determine whether or not it will need to be moved. Changing the location of the drain as well as water supply lines can be very expensive, so think about this before you buy a whirlpool.
- Can you get the whirlpool through your house and into the bathroom? Most whirlpools are constructed as one unit and cannot be reduced in size. This is why it’s important to think about how you are going to get the whirlpool to its installation place. Check all doorways, halls, and corners through which the whirlpool bath will have to pass and compare these measurements to the size of the whirlpool you are considering buying.
- How much will it cost to operate your whirlpool? Your supplier will be able to give you an idea of the amount of energy required to run your whirlpool. Be sure to ask this so that you can determine if this will work in your household budget.
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