If one of your great joys in life is lounging in a hot tub at the end of the day, then you may dream of installing a soaking tub, whirlpool tub, or even a walk-in tub so you can relax in comfort and be massaged by water jets. Replacing your existing tub can be a big job, so you'll have to consider if you want to replace your old tub or just install the new one in a different location. Here are some things to think about and discuss with your plumber.
Matching The Size Of The Tub
Many tubs are placed in a nook in the bathroom so they're surrounded by three walls. The plumbing is hidden behind one wall which might also be the wall to a closet. Although this is a common configuration for a tub, it makes it difficult to fit a replacement tub into the same spot as an exact match. The new tub may be too large, which would require the removal of a wall or it may be too small. If the original tub is many years old, that increases the risk that a modern tub might not fit. In that case, you may want to weigh the cost of adjusting the size of the alcove and replacing existing pipes against the cost of a plumber installing new pipes for the tub in a different location.
Ease Of Moving The Tub
Moving an old cast iron tub or heavy porcelain tub isn't easy. It may even have to be busted into smaller pieces so it can fit through the door and be removed from your home. Bringing in a new tub might be challenging as well. One thing to consider is water damage that may have occurred to the floor and walls over the years. You'll want to make sure the floors will hold a new, heavy tub when it is full of water.
Adding Additional Heating
If the purpose of your new tub is to take long, hot soaks to relax or relieve muscle pain, then you'll want to make sure there is plenty of hot water to go around. When you have new pipes and plumbing installed for your new tub, it's an excellent time to think about upgrading your hot water heater or adding a tankless heater just for the new tub. A small tankless heater might be ideal since it can fit inside the closet and you'll have hot water on demand when you're ready for a long soak.
The Need For New Pipes
Bathroom plumbing is notoriously difficult to work with since it is usually in a tight place and behind tile. You can expect some demolition will be needed to put in new pipes and the new tub, so the question is whether it is worth it for a small existing bathroom or if you should have a new bathroom put in a garage or other room where you have the space. A plumber can help you decide based on how the plumbing is placed in your home and the work required to pull out the old tub. One good thing about installing a new tub in a new bathroom is that you can design the bathroom of your dreams with more space and privacy so you can relax and soak to your heart's content.