Britannic-Homecare-Mobility Walk in baths
As the name suggests with walk in baths you simply open a door and walk inside. The doors on these kinds of baths are built with sealant; once the door is locked the water cannot flow out of its sides.
Installing a walk in bath can greatly improve your independence within your own home, by allowing you to safely enter and exit the bath without the need for assistance. You simply open the door on the side or front of the bath step in and close the door. Modern walk in baths are easy to operate and easy to install. There is a wide range of models and sizes to suit most bathrooms and users requirement.
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Factors to consider...
When buying walk in baths there are various factors which must be considered:
Fill and drain time – With walk in baths you sit in the bath when it fills and drains. Therefore both the fill time and drain time is important. The quicker the better as this mean less time sat in the bath waiting for it to fill and then drain when you have finished bathing.
Step in height – Each bath will have a slightly different step in height. This is the lip which you will need to step over to enter the bath when the door is open. If you suffer for mobility issues then you can always add a step (Such as the Prima bath step).
Door opening – The door can either open inwards or outwards. Inwards opening doors form a better seal when the bath is full as the pressure of the water pushes the door close. Modern baths should come with a guarantee against leaks whether you opt for an inwards or outwards opening door.
There are two main types of walk-in bathtubs. The first is the inward opening bathtub that is generally made larger to accommodate the inward swing of the door, accommodating a larger area for bathing. However, one main disadvantage of the inward opening walk in baths is that you have to wait until the water is completely drained before you can come out. This is because the water inside the tank pushes the door closed. This is very inconvenient when an emergency arises and you need to get out of the bathtub fast.
The outward opening bathtub is usually smaller than the inward opening bathtub. This is because you don't need a lot of space to open its door. However, it allows emergency exit even if the tub is filled with water. Outward opening baths are very rare now.
Always remember that convenience and comfort should be your main priority when you are purchasing walk-in bathtubs.
Some walk in baths require installation by a qualified fitter to validate the warranty.