Bathtub Installation The first step is to install your new bathtub. Most bathtubs will come with installation instructions but it is a good idea to check with your local building codes to make sure you get a legally acceptable method of installing your bathtub. For instance some bathtubs have a hole in the middle of the bowl, and are vented to the outside but others will be endless. You’ll also need to measure how large you want your bathtub to be and decide if you want an internal or external bathtub. You’ll also need to measure your current waterline or plumbing so you can have a correct watergage when installing.
Bathtub Installation Fins For your bathtub installation you’ll need to buy or rent two things; hot and cold water hoses and jetting. Hoses run from the wall out to the jets; jetting adds controlled jets of water into the tub. You can rent or buy these two things individually or buy them all together as a package. Buying or renting the hoses and jetting separately can be a big savings if you know you aren’t going to use them right away. Jetting typically comes in a couple different styles and is more expensive than buying the hoses alone.
New Bathtub Installation To save money on your new bathtub installation you can remodel your current bathtub. Most major plumbing manufactures offer different styles of faucets, jets, and handles to make your existing bathtub look like new. Many people who remodel their bathtubs choose to add new jets because it’s a quick way to make a big change. Bathtubs remodeled using modern remodeling techniques look amazingly similar to new bathtubs just with a better finish and hardware.
Leaks in the Taps and Walls Although not a serious issue during the installation of a new bathtub, leaks in the bathtub walls and drain pipes are very common problems later. If you notice a leak on the wall, don’t fix it until after the tiles have dried. This way any water that was removed by the jetting and the installation will be trapped between the tiles. Also, if the tile is a standard tub, you can safely remove it and replace it with a ply tub or shower stall without leaking.
Bathtub surrounds Another aspect of the bathtub that is less expensive to install but can be more problematic is the bathtub surrounds. The surrounds are the grille around the edge of the bathtub that encloses the drain and traps the water. The average cost of installing surrounds is about half of what it would cost to install a new bathtub.
Jetted bathtub installation There is another option to a traditional bathtub and that is a jetted bathtub. A jetted bathtub is a special bathtub that is made like a jet ski. It has a solid platform where the person sits in the middle of and the edges are solid walls with sloping floors. You need a strong base for this type of bathtub and the most expensive part of the installation. About one-third of the cost of installing a jetted bathtub. To find out more about bathroom remodeling visit www.lasvegasbathroomremodeling.net.