Walk-in Bathtub or Accessible Shower for your North Georgia Home?

If you or someone you care for has a disability or mobility issue, you may already realize that you have numerous mobility challenges in your North Georgia home. This is especially true when it comes to the difficulties associated with bathing. But there is hope. There are aging in place designs that can greatly assist in overcoming these domestic obstacles. Which is the most appropriate selection for you, a walk-in bathtub or an accessible shower?

  • Walk-in Tubs: Walk-in bathtubs are a great choice for those who are only mildly restricted in mobility or who require the therapeutic benefits of hydrotherapy for sports or other injuries. The tub has a door which allows for a comfortable and safe access and a generous seat to ensure a comfortable and secure bathing experience. For persons with disabilities who are able to mobilize without a wheelchair, the walk-in bathtub is often preferred to an accessible shower for the home.
  • Accessible Showers: Accessible showers are the answer for those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. These showers are level with the floor, making the transition from wheelchair to shower chair as smooth and safe a process as possible, conquering mobility challenges in your north Georgia home.

So, should you choose a walk-in bathtub or an accessible shower? Determine the needs and abilities of the primary user to ensure the correct choice, and then enjoy the freedom of independent living in your north Georgia home.

For additional information, or a free in home assessment for accessible bathroom remodeling needs, please contact Atlanta Home Modifications via the contact form below, or by telephone at 770.880.3405.

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Aging in Place Bathroom Design for Cobb County Homes

A well designed accessible bathroom is unquestionably a great asset to those who suffer from mobility issues in Cobb County. To be able to maneuver with ease through the potential hazards and challenges of a bathroom setting is certainly not something to be AquaCareBathtaken for granted. So how does one decide which aging in place bathroom design is the best?

Accessible bathrooms can provide a number of specific areas of help. Grab bars are inexpensive and easy to install and offer instant stability and support. Non-slip shower and bathroom surfaces give extra traction to prevent falls.

Some of the additional aging in place bathroom design tips for Cobb County homes include:

  • Hand held showers and a variety of tub benches give the user control and greater security during use.
  • A roll-in shower makes moving from a wheelchair to the shower a seamless transition.
  • Walk-in bathtubs have a low step entry into a luxurious therapeutic bathing experience.
  • Door enlargement provides ample room for a wheelchair to pass through.
  • Roll-under sinks allow for knee clearance and insulate from potentially hot pipes fixtures.
  • Accessible toilets come in different heights to match the specific needs of the user.

Enjoy the confidence of greater safety in moving around your Cobb County home by choosing an aging in place bathroom design suited to your specific needs. For additional information, or a free in home assessment for accessible bathroom remodeling needs, please contact Atlanta Home Modifications via the contact form below, or by telephone at 770.880.3405.

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How Long Does it Take for Walk-In Tubs to Fill and Drain?

Here’s a popular question about walk-in tubs and spa bathtubs:

“I’ve heard that one of the main negative features of a walk-in tub is the amount of time it takes to fill it up, and then drain it when you are done bathing. How long does it take for walk in tubs to fill up, and also drain?”

There are a number of factors that impact the fill time and drain time, including the size, age and quality of the existing plumbing; water pressure at your home and the size of the walk-in tub.

Bathtub Filling Time:
The main factors that will affect how long it takes for your walk-in tub to fill are home water Ella's Walk-In Tub Perspectivepressure and the size of the walk-in tub. Typically, it will take a few minutes to fill, but, naturally, it depends on the tub size. One precaution prior to purchasing a walk-in tub? Your water heater should be a minimum size of 40 gallons for a standard-sized tub, and larger for larger tubs. When purchasing a walk-in or spa bathtub, be sure to ascertain the exact number of gallons the tub will hold when full.

Bathtub Drain Time:
Typically, if your tub now drains at a reasonable pace, your walk in tub will as well. Usually it will take 2 to 4 minutes for the tub to drain if the tub is installed correctly and existing drain lines operate properly.

For more information about bathroom remodeling including walk-in tubs, spa bathtubs and roll-in showers in metro Atlanta or north Georgia, please contact us by telephone at 770-880-3405.

How to Shop for a Walk-in Spa Bath Tub in Atlanta

Before buying a walk in tub or spa bath tub in metro Atlanta or north Georgia, become massage-systemsinformed by learning about walk in spa bath details. Think through any questions you may have, and measure the bathroom and bathtub areas before you shop. Also, decide whether you would like a soothing massage system including a whirlpools, hydro bath, or a combo massage system and soaking tub. Once you start shopping, consider the different aspects of the walk-in tub or spa bath, such as:

  • Tub construction
  • Materials
  • Finish
  • Faucets or other hardware
  • Main features
  • Optional accessories
  • Required water heater size

Kohler-Grab-Bar-Atlanta-GeorgiaAtlantahomemods.com says, “For those who cannot stand for long periods of time (or at all), the walk-in bathtub allows easy access to bathing without having to hoist oneself dangerously into a traditional tub.” Look for a tub with a grab bar and a seat that is at least 17″ high, so the bather can sit down and get back up easily and safely. (The 17″ seat height meets American Disability Act (ADA) standards.) The minimum required water heater size is 40 gallons.

Warranties & Certifications

Purchase a walk in spa bath with a solid warranty, and look for certifications from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), Universal Plumbing Code (UPC) Certification, and the Universal Spa Plumbing Code (USPC) Certification which covers plumbing for hydro massage and air massage systems.

Contact Us
For more information, contact Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC to set up an appointment with a bathroom remodeling design consultant offering the expertise you need to solve all of the details to create an attractive space that functions well. For more information about bathroom remodeling including walk-in tubs, spa bathtubs and roll-in showers in metro Atlanta or north Georgia, please contact us by telephone at 770-880-3405.