Walk in Baths - A Guide to Purchasing a Walk in BathText Size
Do you find it difficult to access your bath? Do you require an easy access bathing product to assist you with your bathing needs?
A ‘Walk in Bath’ may be just the solution you are looking for.
Here are eight simple steps to purchasing a Walk in Bath:
1) Choose your manufacturer carefully – all baths may look similar, but that does not mean they have been made in a similar way – we strongly advise against those cheap and cheerful options.
2) The bath door – ensure the bath has an inward opening door NOT an outward opening one. Outward doors can be hazardous and may cause catastrophes, should the door-opening mechanism fail.
3) The material – walk in baths are usually made from Acrylonitrilt Butadiene Styrene (ABS) – a thermoplastic resin or Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP). GRP is considered the harder material of the two and therefore our recommended choice of material. In addition, the hard gel coated surface of GRP helps retain the product’s sheen for longer.
4) Rigidity – it is vital that you ensure the bath does not flex either when you climb into it or when you add water to fill it. Baths that flex can cause leaks and should be avoided at all times.
5) Appearance – as with all product purchases you can, on inspection, recognise a quality product. Our advice is to avoid those with a poor finish.
6) Short or tall – a walk in bath should be approximately 1500mm long or 1700mm long for a compact model. It’s important to assess your bathroom and your exact needs before going ahead with your purchase. A taller tub type bath may take up more space and change the appearance of your bathroom significantly, but these types of baths can be very beneficial– as they offer a higher seat position and something for you to hold on to when entering and exiting the bath.
7) User safety – with every complex appliance, there are set guidelines and safety restrictions that you must read and adhere to or you could be at serious risk. Users of walk in baths must enter the bath before the tub can be filled therefore the water temperature control facility is one of the most essential requirements to check for when purchasing a walk in bath. It is important to ensure the bath comes with a Thermostatic Mixing Value (TMV), which helps to control the maximum temperature at which water can enter the bath, an important feature in the prevention of scalding. Not all manufacturers include a TMV in the price; therefore make sure you remember to ask if one is provided! There are other walk in bath accessories that you may also require that may not be included as standard.
8) Finance – large appliances can be costly so it’s worth exploring if there is a way to make this whole process easier and cheaper for you. When a property is adapted for a person with a disability, the user may qualify for a reduction in council tax. You should contact your local rating authority to see if you are eligible. You may also be entitled to apply for a grant, either full or partial. To find out more about your entitlements, please contact your local council and Citizens Advice Bureau.
Walk In Baths hopes that these simple steps help you to find your perfect walk in bath!