Part 2: The Installation
Welcome back to our walk-in bath guide. Having read part 1 you will now have an appreciation of the types of baths available. Now, in part 2, we’ll look at the more practical aspects of the decision making process including, finances and feasibility.
Once the buyer has chosen a bath or narrowed down a short list it is time to consider if it is feasible for your bathroom. The first question everyone ask is, will it fit? Once this is confirmed the most important question is, will it work? Walk-in baths require a hot water system that can manage an adequate flow rate to fill the bath with hot water. Where the water system cannot produce the minimum flow rate, Absolute Mobility can give further advice on how this can be overcome.
This can be a complex area and is best left to a specialist installer such as Absolute Mobility. They have years of experience fitting mobility bathing solutions, and are receive outstanding feedback on Checkatrade.com. You can search for them on Checkatrade.com and see for yourself.
Absolute Mobility are keen to work with you and your budget in order to achieve a solution which is right for your needs. As always with a project of this nature, you should have your funds in place before signing on the dotted line. If you are considering a grant from a local authority, the applications can, in some cases, take as long as twelve to eighteen months.
Although price can be an important consideration in the walk-in bath purchase, it is best to make the decision based on the current and future needs of the people using the bath. As a specialist product and installation it will cost more than a standard bathroom. Walk-in baths are not off the shelf items. They are made to order and some parts of the production process, such as fitting the door, are done by hand.
An installer will likely require a deposit of 50% with the balance payable upon completion. Some people may wish to buy a bath direct from Absolute Mobility and get their own plumber to fit the bath. This is an option we will look at in the next section.
If you buy a bath supply only, you will have to find your own plumber to fit the bath. If taking this option there are some pitfalls to be aware of. First, due to their specialist nature, many plumbers decline to fit walk-in baths. Finding a good plumber who does know how to fit them may be a problem. If one can be found, you need to be aware you are not dealing with an established company. A “man with a van” will have lower overheads, and hence be cheaper to hire, but may well offer less in the way of installation guarantees, especially on a product they are unfamiliar with.
When you buy the bath in this way you are responsible for ensuring the products you buy are compatible with your site. As ever, the devil is in the detail. A lot of work is involved. If you’ve never done anything like it before, be prepared to jump into uncharted waters and learn about aspects of plumbing. Alternatively, you may wish to consider paying the extra for a specialist installer like Absolute Mobility. They will take the headache, hassle and uncertainty out of the decision.
The Best Way
The best way to go about having a new walk-in bath fitted is to engage the services of a specialist installer. Absolute Mobility are professional experts in this field and fit nothing but walk-in baths, power baths and easy access showers for the mobility market. When you commission them to undertake the work they will project manage the whole installation. You are buying their expert design and technical knowledge, first class installation service (see their Checkatrade.com rating) and full installation guarantee (see ours here).
See Absolute Mobility’s web site for full details of their products and services and get in touch on 0800 29 22 110 to discuss your requirements or book an appointment with their Mobility Advisor, who can bring an example of a walk-in bath to you on a mobile showroom. Alternatively, if you are local to their Henley on Thames showroom, you can call to arrange an appointment to view and try out examples of their baths.3 September,2014