Bathrooms are undeniably one of the most important and indispensable rooms of any house. They contain several fixtures and accessories intended for personal hygiene; among them we find bathtubs. Bathtubs are containers of variable size and shape used for holding water to let a person bathe inside it. They are usually placed either as independent installation or as part of a shower installation and they are widely used for self-cleaning and sanitation.
Modern bathtubs differentiate from those used during the 18th century because they have overflow and waste drains as well as taps mounted on them to make the process of filling them with water easier. Many homeowners prefer bathtubs over showers when searching for a relaxing experience, and bathtubs are the best option for that.
Types of bathtubs
There are many types of bathtubs, each type with specifics characteristics and repair requirements. However, no matter the type of bathtub you have, American Loss Consultant will give you a hand to find the perfect team to perform an outstanding bathtub repair for you. The different types of bathtubs are each suited for different types of owners and space available.
The most common types of bathtubs you might found are:
These tubs are not connected to any wall or surface, instead, they are supported by pedestals, allowing them to freely move around the bathroom. Most free-standing bathtubs have “claw foot” pedestals, modeled after lion or other animal feet.
These bathtubs have a classical design reminiscent of the 19th and 18th century, perfect for owners trying to create an old-fashioned atmosphere in their bathrooms.
Alcoves are the easiest tubs to install and also the ones that generally cost less. But the lower price comes for a good reason, most alcove bathtubs are quite small and unfit for tall homeowners looking for a full immersion relaxing bath.
However, this might not always mean an inconvenience, as one of the main reasons that make homeowners go for alcove bathtubs is making the most out of the available space, as it is the tub with the smallest footprint.
Drop in bathtubs
For homeowners trying to move away from more traditional options, drop in bathtubs are great tubs that mix some characteristics of both alcove and free-standing bathtubs. To install this kind of bathtubs a carpenter must first build a structure on the floor of the bathroom to hold it, then the tub can be installed inside said structure.
Drop-in tubs come with their own rim, saving the owner having to build one around it. These tubs could also be installed in an alcove, but this would go against their purpose, as the idea of these tubs is installing them in more open areas. Drop in bathtubs offer a fixed location while also providing a more spacious feeling thanks to not being enclosed to a corner or alcove.
Corner bathtubs are ideal for tasks like bathing children, as they lie lower than other tubs and let parents kneel to wash their kids. But their uses do not stop here. Couples might use them to treat themselves with a spa-like experience when in need to break free from the stress of their daily lives.
However, corner bathtubs are among the most expensive bathtub options, take lots of bathroom floor space, use considerably more water, and to some people, they simply lack a proper function other than bathing children.
Bathtubs are no different than other fixtures or furniture around the house when it comes to wear. The constant exposure to water will eventually lead to worn-out exterior, and usage might produce chips, scratches, and cracks.
Bathtubs come in different materials, porcelain, enamel, and fiberglass are all common materials used in modern bathtubs, and all are subject to the effects of time, but to a different degree.
When the bathtub at home starts looking old and worn, you should call American Loss Consultant to take care of its repair. We have in our portfolio a comprehensive selection of professionals in the field of bathtub repairs. No matter what type of bathtub you own, bathtub repair work is divided into two types of damage to repair, damaged structure and leak problems.
When it comes to damaged structure, there are two main ways to repair it, which are:
A liner is a sheet of PVC or acrylic molded to fit the shape of the bathtub that is going to be repaired. Having a proper mold for the specific bathtub model is important, as slight mismatches stop the liner from fitting properly and this shortens its lifespan and makes it more susceptible to cracks.
The liner is placed and glued by trained team over the previous surface of the bathtub to cover all imperfections found on it, so the problems are not exactly repaired. It is usually considered as the simplest method to repair a bathtub. The price for this repairing falls in the middle between making a totally new installation, which might be costly considering the extra work involved, and making a resurfacing, which may be cheaper but lasts less.
However, bathtub liners have disadvantages to consider. If they are installed by inexperienced workers, they can develop leaks and eventually cause mold in the walls. The installation of a tub liner is not the work of a single day, as the whole process involves contacting factories, shipping, and agreeing an installation date. Contact American Loss consultant for a full briefing on this method.
Bathtub refinishing or resurfacing
In this type repairing a company is contacted to bring a worn and damaged bathtub to a like-new condition by restoring its surface. The workers clean, sand, patch, and paint over the existing surface of the tub to fix any chip or crack on it. They use a special coating made just for bathtubs, not just any paint, as it needs to withstand constant water exposure and scrubbing.
This is the cheapest option to consider when repairing a bathtub, but it also is said to not last as much as a lining, so homeowners should choose which option works best for their particular case. If looking to hire this kind of service, contact American Loss Consultant for further information on this topic.
Leak problems on bathtubs
The problems affecting bathtubs are not limited to their worn surface. Problems in the plumbing also need of a bathtub repair professional from the book of American Loss Consultant. The most common problems, as with many other fixtures connected to water, involve leaks:
These leaks might come from problems with the plumbing below the drain itself, which will likely require the assistance of a plumber to fix it. It is possible, however, that the leak is caused by a faulty seal around the drain. Whatever the case, owners should contact a professional plumber to fix these issues.
A leaking tub faucet is the most common leak that affects bathtubs. Usually, they appear because of an aging rubber gasket inside the faucet assembly. These leaks are relatively easy to fix by buying a new gasket to replace the old one.
You should not let amateurs take care of your bathtubs repair projects. Contact professional experts to handle your requirements and identify your needs.
To have your bathtub repaired, call American Loss Consultant today.