Why whirlpool tubs are for suckers
The 'proud' owner of one explains how the cons far outweigh the pros of having one of these energy-sucking water hogs in your master bathroom.
This post comes from Len Penzo at partner blog Len Penzo dot Com.
Once again, I thought I'd pass on a little advice and save a serious case of buyer's remorse for the six people left in America who are still looking to buy a home.
No, no. I'm not going to tell you why corner lots are for suckers again. This time, I have some advice for those of you who may be thinking about putting a jacuzzi-style jetted whirlpool tub in their master bathroom. Don't do it.
Trust me, I'm the "proud" owner of one, and the cons far outweigh the pros. In fact, here are a whole gaggle of reasons why jetted whirlpool tubs just aren't worth it: Post continues below.
- They're expensive. Good luck trying to find a decent one for less than $1,500. And that's before adding in the costs required to have someone install it, assuming you aren't the do-it-yourself type. Then again, even if you are …
- The manufacturers recommend you don't install them yourself. For obvious reasons. Most people are simply better off getting a licensed general contractor, electrician or 24-hour plumber who knows what they're doing.
- They're not romantic. Yeah, yeah. On first blush the seductive thought of relaxing in a deep tub of warm water with your significant other, surrounded by lots of candles and rose petals, seems extremely romantic. It's not. One big reason why is because . . .
- They're noisy. Not only is the sound of the running motor and pump a mood killer for those looking for a little romance, it also works against those simply looking for a little relaxation after a long hectic day.
- Bubble baths and whirlpool tubs don't mix. If you aren't very careful, the water jets tend to cause a foaming issue, which can result in a bubble bath on overdrive. Besides . . .
- They take too long to fill. That's because they're so deep, which also means whirlpool tubs require a lot of water. So much so that . . .
- They tend to completely drain traditional hot water tanks. Larger whirlpool tubs can use between 50 and 80 gallons of hot water, which is bad news for the other people living in the house who may need hot water for other reasons while you're busy getting squeaky clean.
- Before you know it, you're sitting in a tub full of cold water. Well, unless your tub has a built-in heater. Then again, if it does, that heater, coupled with the whirlpool tub's pump motor, ends up leading to . . .
- Higher energy costs. Yep. Depending on the tub model, how often you use it, and the price of electricity, you could spend up to $40 per month or more over a traditional soaker tub.
- Ventilation concerns. The larger amount of heat and moisture that is generated by whirlpool tubs can become a problem if the bathroom has inadequate ventilation.
- Higher maintenance costs. It's true. You'll be paying for those motors, pumps and other electronic and mechanical parts that fail beyond the manufacturer's warranty period.
- They're prone to algae growth. Algae is a common problem with a whirlpool tub because, even after you've drained it, water tends to sit in its internal network of pipes, nozzles and jets, thereby allowing it to grow. As a result ...
- They require frequent cleaning. At least twice per month, I'm told -- unless you're the type who likes seeing bits of black and green algae floating in your bath water.
- Washing your hair or shaving in them isn't wise. At least it isn't if you plan on using the jets. That will only make cleaning even tougher than it normally is.
- You'll hardly ever use it anyway. And if you have to ask why, go back to the top of this list and try reading a little more slowly.
- They don't add anything to your home's resale value. I don't care what your real-estate agent tells you. For most people looking to buy a home, a whirlpool tub is not very high on their list of "must haves." And for good reason.
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Hmm, naked in a jetted tub with the one you love isn't romantic because you can't afford the water? You can't wait to fill the tub? Well maybe you can use the sand box, it's cheap, doesn't run empty and you can bring your Tonka toy.
I for one, will light some candles, put on some nice music, jump in the tub, a nice long romantic bath with plenty of nice conversation about us.
On cleaning jetted tubs. There is new understanding of biofilm, which is what is in jetted bathtubs plumbing lines, and how to properly and effectively clean the tubs. The University Of Bozeman’s Center For Biofilm Engineering’s has studies showing how cleaning chemicals like detergents and bleach (sodium hypochlorite) can’t penetrate and remove the biofilm. Biofilm is like an armor coating, it only lets in what it wants let in. Bleach and detergents are on the do not enter list. It takes specialized cleaners like the ones the lodging industry uses like Scientific Biofilm Solutions Oh Yuk Jetted Tub Cleaner to effectively clean the tubs plumbing lines making the tub safe and clean.
Jetted tubs are like swimming pools, they are very safe and clean when cared for properly.
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