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Replacing Your Bathtub

Your bathtub is among the first things you see when entering your bathroom. It can also be one of the most expensive fixtures to replace. But if your existing tub is starting to look dated or is becoming troublesome it may be purchase that is time to make.
Replacing a bathtub is not an easy undertaking, sometimes it involves replacing and moving some of the existing plumbing to better accommodate a new tub. The process of reworking the plumbing involves cutting into or taking out completely the drywall surrounding the tub in order to reach the pipes that are currently connected to the existing tub. This is not a job for beginners, dealing with the removal of drywall and plumbing requires someone with experience and plumbing know how.
A new bathtub starts at between $200 and $600 for a standard tub while some higher end tubs costing as much as $3,000. The price depends on which type of tub you are interested in purchasing and what if any features you are looking for, such as water jets or a specific type of material used in the tub. Depending on your needs a new tub can be quite an investment.
The installation of a new tub is not something that can typically be done in a weekend. Depending on how much work needs to be done to the plumbing to accommodate the new tub and any damage to the underlying wood and supports it can take up to a week before your tub is properly installed and ready to use. It is not something that can be rushed, and it is important that all of the plumbing connections are done properly to avoid any leaks and water damage.
It may also be a good idea to include any other work you are planning to do to your bathroom at the same time as the tub since the plumbing is going to be worked on anyway. This will avoid having to tear out the walls later if you decide to add a shower or change the one currently installed. By combining the work, it will save you time and money later.
When choosing a contractor to replace your bathtub and any other changes you would like done, it is important to choose one that has a lot of experience and will do the work for a reasonable rate. Don’t be afraid to ask for references, this will allow you the opportunity to hear from past clients on their quality of work and amount of time that it took to complete their job. Be sure to get an estimate stating all the work that they are going to do so that you are not surprised by any added on charges at the completion of your project.
Replacing a bathtub is a great way to increase your home’s value and offers you the chance to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted. Just remember to do your homework and choose a contractor that will help the process not hinder it.…

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Bathtub Surrounds – A Quick and Easy Update

Anyone who has ever attempted to remodel a bathroom knows how expensive and messy a project of that magnitude can be. Bathtub surrounds are an equally as effective and beautiful way of updating your bathroom. Instead of embarking on a complete remodel give your bathroom a facelift by installing a surround. Surrounds are less expensive than complete remodels and take a fraction of the time because they cover the preexisting bathtub walls.
Depending on your abilities you can easily install a surround in as little as one day. The entire install process is so simple and would make a fun do it yourself project. If home improvement projects are not something you enjoy there are many companies that professionally install surrounds. Perhaps the best part about installing a surround is that there will be little mess and inconvenience because there will be no need for demolition or construction. A new surround will adhere directly to your bathtub walls. No messy construction and no time consuming clean up from this project will be necessary! You will not need to worry about damage or mold to the surface underneath because a waterproof seal is created that will prevent any water from leaking through to the surface underneath.
Surrounds are available in scores of shades making it simple to give your bathroom a fresh, updated look. Match a shade to compliment your favorite paint color and have a completely different look in just a weekend. Smooth and sleek acrylic material often used in bathtub surrounds is low maintenance and won’t crack or stain like tiles that are commonly used in bathrooms can. Discolored, difficult to clean tile will be a thing of the past once your easy to clean surround is installed. You will be able to spend less time scrubbing and more time enjoying relaxing bubble baths!
Compared to the cost of a traditional bathroom remodel, a tub surround is a cost effective and efficient way to redecorate on a limited budget. This bathroom makeover project is perfect for those looking for a fairly inexpensive way to improve their home in a short period of time. Those looking to go a step further will be happy to discover that there are liners available for the bathtub to compliment their new wall surround. Basic knowledge and tools, some measurements and elbow grease is all that is needed to begin the transformation!
Within hours your outdated decor will be a distant memory and you could very easily be the proud owner of a beautiful, updated bathroom. It can be a weekend project for you or you could hire a professional to get the job done even faster. Bathtub surrounds are a fairly inexpensive method to transform an old, damaged tub surround in to a beautiful, easy to clean and comfortable tub. Your entire bathroom will have a new look and feel all from this one simple project! Instead of an expensive, stressful bathroom remodel consider installing a bathtub surround, you definitely will not regret it!…

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When to Replace a Whirlpool Bathtub

When to keep an old whirlpool and when to replace one. Many people get concerned over the hygienic safety of an old whirlpool bathtub. Whirlpool bathtubs can have a life in excess of 30 years and still perform and look as good as when they were new. Others will have problems with water retention in the pipes if they were not manufactured on installed properly. One way to test this is to fill the whirlpool and run the pump for about 15 minutes. You should not see any black algae or flakes of dried algae in the water. The presence of live or dead black algae is an indication the pipes or pump is retaining stagnant and unhealthy water. This is basically bacteria infested water or what is left after the water has evaporated. A well functioning whirlpool will not do this.
Black Algae from water retention in a whirlpool bathtub
If you have a black algae problem, you can’t immediately assume that the whirlpool has to be replaced without inspecting the pump first. Make sure it is elevated above the bottom of the bathtub and that water is not being trapped. This is most common in cultured marble whirlpools that were manufactured in the late 1980s to about 2000. Many of these bathtubs were jetted on the job site and the quality control was random. If this is your situation, you can elevate the pump with a block of wood about 4 inches and it may solve the problem, if there is not additional water retention in the pipes. You can make this correction and then run the bath with cold water and 16 ounces of bleach or 2oz of pool shock. This will temporarily solve the problem. If it reoccurs then you will have to re-plumb or replace the whirlpool.
Removing to whirlpool without damaging it
Removing the whirlpool is difficult to do without damaging the shell. If the bathtub is sitting on top of the tile it may be possible to remove it without damage to the shell. If the whirlpool is tiled in, you should plan on replacing it. If you can successfully remove the whirlpool without damaging it, you can bring it to a local tub jetter and have it refitted with new jets pipe and pump. In most cases people choose to replace the whirlpool bathtub for the small difference in cost between a new whirlpool and the repair. In general, culture marble bathtubs are the most difficult to remove due to the weight and that they are very easy to crack.
Determining the condition of the whirlpool bathtub pipes
After you remove the whirlpool you can cut one of the flexible water pipes and inspect the color of the interior pipe. If it is black with discoloration, then it has to be re-jetted or replace. If it is in good shape, see if you can identify a low pipe that may be retaining water. If you a diligent it is sometimes possible to make the repairs and save the whirlpool without re-jetting.
Whirlpool bath Finnish considerations
Acrylic finished bathtubs tend to hold their finish and shine for years unless they have been exposed to harsh cleaning chemicals or where damage by cleaning after the original construction of the home. This is usually the case with finish issues. On the other hand culture marble tends to yellow with age and it is often replace for cosmetic reasons. If the cultured bathtub is exposed to direct sunlight over the years it will definitely have discolored.
Whirlpool Jet and component replacement and refinishing
Many older whirlpools are replaced because the jet finish is no longer in style or does not match new bathroom hardware. It is possible to replace the interior jets and whirlpool fittings on all bathtubs. Your best course of action is to go to the whirlpool manufacture and check if they are still available. Most will be, if under ten years old. It is important to photograph each component of the system in addition to the model number and year of the bathtub. Most whirlpool manufactures do not make their own jets and therefore the manufacture of the jets may have several versions. There are over a Thousand different jet models and brands. Many of these jet systems look the same but have different thread size or diameter. If you are handy, it is also possible to paint the jets with an enamel spray paint. Don’t attempt this without removing the whirlpool components first.…