A walk-in tub has many pros which is why they are so attractive to senior citizens or people with mobility issues. They have a low threshold, built in safety and comfort features and create an enjoyable experience which makes them a worthwhile investment. Before you schedule an install or purchase a tub, Handyman Connection of Calgary wants to ensure you know all of the pros and cons.
PRO – Comparable Water Usage
While walk-in tubs are deeper and one would assume they would use more water, they are actually more narrow than a regular tub and compare closer to what a shower would use. A standard tub uses about 35-50 gallons of water and a shower uses between 25-50 depending on your shower head and shower length. A walk-in tub on averages holds 50 gallons of water and has a heating system to ensure the water keeps warm so you don’t have to add more.
CON – Installation Cost
It is not always guaranteed that your bathroom will be set up for a walk-in tub and if a plumbing repair, new water heater or any electrical upgrades are needed, installation costs can vary quite a bit. Besides for the labor, the price alone for a tub can range anywhere from $1,000 – $5,000 depending on the features you are looking for.
PRO – Hydrotherapy Health Benefits
Features in the walk-in tubs such as jets, deep seats and water circulation will keep a warm soak feeling nice and relaxing for seniors with pain. Hydrotherapy can provide relief to conditions such as arthritis, stress and general aches and pains that come with age.
CON – Filling and Emptying the Tub
A definite downside to a walk-in tub is waiting for the tub to drain. While it is like a normal tub to fill and can take a long time, once you close the door, you cannot open it again until it empties. Most walk-in tubs take about seven minutes to drain but this can still cause quite a chill for someone sitting and waiting. Having towel racks installed nearby is the best suggestion to keep warm while waiting. Another option is to purchase a tub with a heated seat feature.
Trust the Professional Plumbers
A walk-in tub is an investment and if you feel it is worth it, call Handyman Connection of Calgary today for your free evaluation quote. We will send an experienced plumber to visit you on site and let you know what your bathroom requires to complete the install.