Jacuzzi bathtubs get a bad reputation for being a pain to clean and maintain. However, for some, the jetted tub is the way to relieve aches and pains. These tubs can be standard-sized, or they can be large if you have the space. However, before starting a jacuzzi bath remodel, you need to know some things.
Don’t Bother Trying to Convert a Regular Tub
Companies out there can convert your cast iron tub into a jacuzzi bath remodel. Some of them are well done; however, it may be better not to do this. For one, they must cut into your existing tub to add the jets and electrical. Converting a tub can be not only pricy but, in the end, may begin to leak as the seals wear off. That said, if the electrical malfunctions, you might find it difficult to repair later. That said, you will likely need to replace the tile surrounding the tub, as it will be damaged when your contractor goes to remove the tub.
Be Aware of the Maintenance Involved
Jacuzzi tubs have jets, which circulate the water around the tub. That means they can grow mold over time if not properly maintained. There are jet tub cleaner solutions out there to keep the tub clean. Once a month or so, fill the tub and add the cleaner. Then allow the tub to circulate for a while. It is essential to do this consistently because once mold begins to build up, it can be difficult to remove effectively.
Know Your Long-Term Plan
There are two main reasons many people are removing their jacuzzi tubs. The first is they can be a pain to maintain, but the second is because, over time, people find it difficult to get inside. As we grow older, it is harder to mount the threshold of a tub. A small standard tub is around 13″-15″ inches high. A jacuzzi tub can be as much as 20″ inches or more! Consider if you will get the use out of it that you expect. Many retire, purchase a jacuzzi tub and find they only have a few years of use out of it before they can no longer get in and out on their own.
A jacuzzi bath remodel is an excellent option for creating a spa-like bathroom. However, it would help if you kept a few things in mind before deciding to install or replace an old one. If you’re going to put in a jacuzzi tub, replace the whole thing, and don’t try to convert an existing tub. Also, consider what will happen to your surround – you will likely need to replace it with new tile or acrylic. Keep in mind the maintenance involved to keep the tub not only clean but up and running. In addition, think about the long-term use of this tub. You may want something manageable to get into at some point – make sure you’ll use it well!
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