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When Do You Need to Replace Your Whirlpool Bathtub?

By: Lauriston. T Izlar

Date Added : September 30, 2011 Views : 504
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The high cost of living has pushed many people to the wall. It is close to impossible for people to meet their daily needs without exceeding their preset budget. However, in spite of all the efforts made to cut down on cost, it is important to understand that some expenses are inevitable. This is especially so when it comes to the replacement of the whirlpool bathtub. There are certain damages that are inevitable. To test for problems, it is highly advised to start by filling up the whirlpool bathtub to the brim. Run the pump for about 15 minutes. If there are traces of black algae which could either be alive or dried, replacement is imperative. Algae develop due to the presence of stagnant water. Stagnation is brought about by malfunction of various parts of the bathtub. Immediate replacement will help elude unwanted expenses in medical bills or full bathtub replacement.

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.

Purchasing Right Whirlpool Jet Component

The main reason behind the replacement of various whirlpool bathtubs is due to the damage of the jet finish. This is the part that plays most of the work. If damaged, it can result in the development of algae which can make the house messy or lead to health problems. However, the main challenge that most people face is on how to purchase the component. When such a time comes, it is highly advised to get the serial number of the current jet finish. This will help decide on the right size to purchase. In addition to that, a homeowner can take several photos of the component. This will help in comparing. Most of the dealers offer components developed by other manufacturers. This could be difficult for people to make the right decisions. If the right component is not found, the use of enamel spray paint could help in waterproofing.

Luke Izlar is the author of this article on Whirlpool Bath Installation. Find more information on Jacuzzi Tubs here.

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