The American Tubs Walk-in Bath Series
Walk in bathtub centered around safety, comfort, and elegance.
The perfect tub for your individual needs.
There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to pricing.
Standard installation time for a walk-in or handicap bathtub can run between 1-3 days and the cost will depend upon the State in which you reside and the company you choose to work with.
Bathtub sizeDuring your in-home consultation, a representative will assess the walkway from the main entryway of your home, through your house, and into your bathroom. They will take into consideration the size of entryways, hallways, and stairways. They do this to ensure that your new walk-in bathtub can fit easily through these areas and without the need for retrofitting or modification of existing bathroom structures. American Tubs walk-in bathtubs come with a flangeless design and an extension kit to fit a standard, 60” bathtub footprint. This makes the installation of your walk-in tub less complicated and more cost efficient as it eliminates the need for replacing existing tile work. Alternatively, if you were planning to replace the existing tile around your bathtub as part of a remodel, you may opt for a flange kit to ensure that your new walk-in tub remains watertight.
Plumbing upgradesTypically, no major remodeling is required; however, in some cases, minor plumbing upgrades are necessary to help the bath fill more quickly. Hot water heaters may also need to be upgraded to ensure your hot water can keep up with your new tub’s capacity. A new, standard water heater can usually be purchased for around $1,000. You might opt for a tankless water heater, which allows for ample water capacity, but please note that these water heaters can cost upwards of $3500. If you decide to get a unit with electrical components for therapy systems such as hydromassage, air massage, microbubbles, aroma or chromotherapy, you will need to add a dedicated 15-amp breaker with GFCI grounding to your electrical service. If you plan to opt for an inline heater, you will need an additional 15-amp breaker for a total of two. Depending upon the layout of your bathroom and access to your breaker box, these upgraded circuits will add to the cost of your overall installation. Be sure to discuss this with the electrician who will be involved in the installation of your walk-in tub. Luckily, not every installation will require plumbing or electrical upgrades. Many new walk-in bathtubs require only a standard installation. Make sure to ask your dealer about installation options and requirements before creating your final budget. For more information, see what the installation process looks like.
Features & Accessories
There are various models from which to choose, and each model can be accented with various features and accessories. From compact, to wheelchair and deep and wide models, and with varying therapy options to choose from, you can customize the perfect walk-in tub for you:
This system delivers an all-over circulatory massage through 20 state-of-the-art jets placed in key areas around your soaking bath. This is great for those who suffer from poor circulation due to diabetes or various other ailments.
The air massage enhances the effect of weightlessness that the water provides for your body. It actively lowers blood pressure while increasing heart rate for a healthier cardiovascular system.
Benefit from a combination of the air and hydromassage systems. These systems run simultaneously to deliver a light effervescent massage combined with a deep, penetrating massage which combats poor circulation and relieves muscle and joint pain leaving you feeling invigorated and refreshed.
Beyond the therapy systems which are available, you may also opt for more practical features that promote a more comfortable and satisfying bathing experience. A few popular add-ons or accessories are:
- Faucet decks
- Neck rest pillows
- Cushioned seats
- Adjustable shower rods
- Glass shower doors
- Shower curtains
- L-shaped curtain rods
Financial AssistanceUnfortunately, Medicare typically does not consider walk-in bathtubs as durable medical equipment. That means Medicare will not help pay for the cost nor its installation. If it is regarded as an absolute necessity with a written prescription, there might be an option for some kind of reimbursement, but not until after you’ve purchased your new bathtub and had it installed. According to Medicare.org, “If you qualify for Medicaid, your state program may offer some financial assistance in the purchase and installation of a walk-in tub.” When soaking tubs are purchased for safety reasons, it may be considered a medical expense. That means that the materials and installation might be tax-deductible as a Medical Expense. If you make modifications to your home to help care for a senior or elderly parent or a family member, you can take advantage of the Dependent Care Tax Credit, according to Consumer Affairs. Before making deductions on your taxes, make sure to check with your accountant or tax professional to ensure everything is filed correctly.
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Enjoy a deep soaking bath with the therapeutic benefits of the optional features.