How do I get into a walk-in bath?
There is much discussion over the entering and exiting of a walk-in bath. Individuals have different needs and requirements and as such may require a different model or style of walk-in bath to meet those requirements.
Why is draining time or drain down time important?
Draining time is important because it will determine the amount of time that the bather will have to wait for the bath water to empty before being able to exit the walk in baths. The importance of this reflects directly on the bathers comfort. If you are an elderly person you may be more likely to be susceptible to chill therefore it is important to be able to exit the walk in bath quickly after soaking. The faster the walkin bath drains the faster you can get out of the walk-in bath and the more comfortable they are.
Are smaller walk-in baths that hold less water better than those that hold more?
NO! Smaller walk-in baths are not better than walk-in baths with larger water volumes. This does not apply to traditional baths and it does not apply to walk-in bath systems. Walk-in baths should be as large as possible to provide and allow ample room within the walk-in bath space for those individuals with limited mobility. The walk-in bath should let you maneuver around while bathing and provide space to have a deep relaxing soak.
What is the difference between inward swinging doors and outward swinging doors?
Inward swing doors are usually more popular . This is because they are more effective for door seal than outward swing doors. Inward swing doors do not impede the user from entering or exiting the bath or easily closing the door once inside the bath. Inward swing doors are not restricted from opening because of other fixtures in the bathing area such as vanities or water closets. They also do not require a significant latching system to keep the door closed while the bath is filled.
Inward swing door seals are enhanced as the bath fills and the seal becomes more efficient. Inward swing doors cannot be accidentally opened during bathing, which could result in flooding of your bathroom. Inward swing doors do not require an exterior drain because of potential door leakage. They do not require devices for adjusting door tension to prevent leaking. With an inward swinging door there is no residual water runoff from the door that falls onto the floor outside the bath that could be a safety concern when exiting the bath and stepping onto this area.
Inward swing door bath design can accommodate a larger volume of water. This is an advantage not a disadvantage. Most outward door swing baths are extremely small and uncomfortable and are designed smaller because the amount of force that would be required to keep an outward swing door closed that had a larger water volume would be extreme.