On the face of it, it’s simple, it’s just a bath with a door, but how does a walk-in bath work? Below we take a look at some of the different kinds of walk-in baths available to you and the main features and benefits that go into making a walk-in bath. Bathing Solutions are proud to have been making walk-in baths for over 25 years in our own UK factory based in the West Midlands. We employ skilled craftsmen who using the latest technology and materials, hand finish your bath to your own specification.
Why choose a walk-in bath?
As you get older or start suffering from reduced mobility from problems such as illness or injury, getting into, or as is quite often the case, getting out of your bath may become difficult or even dangerous for some. If you are quite happy to have a shower and have a separate shower cubicle or wet room, that’s great and maybe the best option for you, but many people would still prefer to take a relaxing soak in the bath. That’s where a walk-in bath or bath with transfer seat can still provide that option for you.
The main types of walk-in bath
Before we look at how a walk-in bath works, let’s take a look at the main options available:
- Full length or sit up bath
- Front or side opening door
- Inward or outward opening door
That’s it. There are many other options that include, luxury extras such as Spa functions and various size differences, but the first things to look at are whether you require a full length bath or the taller, sit in bath. This will normally come down to individual needs and mobility. The Second thing to look at is the door types and this decision if often driven by your bathroom layout and the space that you have available. Most of our baths are available with Left or Right handed options to suit all bathroom types.
So how does a walk-in bath work?
These are the main steps to using a sit up type bath; full length baths often incorporate a raise and lower seat, so the following will refer to upright baths.
- Access the bath via a low-entry step and door
Door heights will vary and we have some of the lowest height steps available. Be careful when comparing other manufacturers as some often quote step heights based on sinking your bath below floor level. This often isn’t possible in many homes, so all ours are based on above floor height.
- Close and seal the door
It may be obvious, but the seal is one of the most important aspects of a bath with a door. You may read reports or hear of people who have used these types of bath and the doors have leaked. Bathing Solutions have been manufacturing these types of bath for over 25 years and we are so confident in our product, we offer a ‘No leak, lifetime guarantee’ on our door seals! The Doors and closures are designed in such a way that closing and sealing the door can be done easily with little effort.
- Fill the tub using a thermostatically controlled mixer tap
A common question people often ask is “will I get scalded when filling the bath?” We are happy to say that the answer is no. We only install baths that include thermostatically controlled mixer taps that make sure your bath is filled at a safe, comfortable temperature. The time is takes to fill the bath can vary due to the water pressure in your home. Sometimes an additional pump is required to speed up this process.
- Enjoy your bath and maybe the optional luxury features
All of our walk-in baths have a number of luxury options available for your comfort: Spatherapy – This uses a series of jets placed around the bath that pump out bubbles of clean air. The gentle massaging effect of these bubbles help relax muscles, stimulate the skin and induce physical well-being in individuals suffering from diabetes, arthritis, sciatica and migraines to name just a few conditions. Chromotherapy – This is light based therapy that encourages the mind and body to relax. Light waves are a form of energy that when individuals are exposed to, can induce healing within the body. Cosywarm – Some people are worried about getting cold when filling or emptying the bath if their home is not overly warm. We developed the Cosywarm to heat the seat and back area of your bath and this can be pre-warmed before you get into the bath. Echo – A new feature from Bathing Solutions is our Echo Bluetooth sound system which uses the bath shell to project music from Bluetooth enabled phones and music players wirelessly. This includes simple volume controls at your fingertips.
- Drain your bath and safely exit
A walk-in bath is also a walk-out bath. Yes, you do have to drain the bath before you can open the door! A bathroom heated to your ideal temperature is ideal, but if you need additional heating, the Cosywarm heated seat is an ideal solution. Our entire range of baths feature ergonomically designed slip-resistant seats and floors for your safety and comfort. Combine these with well positioned and stylish grab bars and getting in and out of the bath can be safe and easy. If you would like more information on our walk-in baths, contact us for a free brochure.