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7 Warning Signs for Replacing Your Bathtub

Feb 22, 2023

You and your family likely use your bathtub day in and day out. After years of this constant use, you’re bound to notice signs of wear and tea. But what are normal signs of use compared to more serious warning signs? And should you focus on replacing your bathtub outright or convert your tub into a walk-in shower?

As one of the most trusted CT bathroom remodelers, our team is here to help you! Before scheduling any bathroom remodeling services, read through this detailed guide to learn about the most common warning signs that you need to replace your bathtub and different projects to consider when planning a bathroom remodel near Hartford, CT. 

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Warning Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Tub

The next time you go to use your bathtub, take a closer look at it. If you notice any of the signs we’ve outlined below, it might be time to start thinking about replacing your tub with a newer model. 

1. It’s No Longer Comfortable or Accessible

Climbing into your bathtub should be a relaxing experience, not an uncomfortable one. If you notice that your bathtub feels too cramped or it’s no longer accessible as your mobility levels change, it’s simply not a good use of your space anymore. 

Consider replacing it with a more comfortable deep-soaking tub or even a shower that you’ll get more use from on a daily basis. If mobility is a concern, replacing your bathtub with a more accessible option can help you feel safer and help you maintain your independence as you get older. 

2. You See Chips or Cracks in the Tub

At first, seeing small chips or cracks in the walls or floor of your bathtub might not seem like a big deal. But, these small cracks will eventually get bigger, and they make your tub vulnerable to damage. 

Your tub surround acts as a barrier against the water that you fill it with. When you have cracks and chips in that barrier, water can seep in, leading to leaks and areas of rust. 

Before the problem gets worse and leads to more extensive (and expensive) damage, it’s best to replace your bathtub at the first sign of this kind of damage. 

3. There Are Drainage Issues

It’s not uncommon for your bathtub drain to get clogged with hair and other gunk after daily use. These clogs can often be cleared with drain cleaner or a little elbow grease, but if you notice that your drain is consistently getting clogged or the clog doesn’t clear like it used to, you could have a more serious issue on your hands. 

Beyond the fact that it could be an issue with your tub itself, it could be an issue with your plumbing. Either way, we recommend hiring a bathroom remodeling expert like our team here at CareFree Home Pros to inspect the issue and replace your tub. 

4. Your Bathtub Is Leaking

Perhaps the most outwardly obvious sign that it’s time to replace your bathtub is when it starts to leak. Even a small leak can eventually lead to major water damage in your home, potentially impacting the structural integrity of your house. 

Unsure if your bathtub is actually leaking or if you’re just seeing normal water droplets as you get in and out of your tub? A simple way to check for leaks is to fill your tub with water and make note of the water level. Then, continue to check back every hour or so, making note of whether the water level is going down. If it is, then you could have a leak on your hands. 

5. You Notice Mold and Mildew Growth

Nothing puts a damper on your plan to take a relaxing bubble bath quite like noticing mold and mildew growth in your tub. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also be dangerous to your family’s health. Exposure to mold can lead to respiratory issues, especially for those with allergies. 

While you can often eliminate the issue with specific mold and mildew cleaners, the problem may persist. In that case, it’s best to replace your bathtub to stop the root of the issue. 

6. You’re Tired of Your Tub’s Outdated Design

Once upon a time, baby pink or blue bathtubs were all the rage. But if your pastel-colored tub is less vintage chic and more cringe, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it. As silly as it may sound, using a bathtub in a design you love can help make for a more positive experience every day. 

When you’re planning your remodeling project, try to avoid overly trendy designs to prevent this same problem from happening again in the future. We recommend choosing a classic, neutral design that will continue to look timeless for years. Then, you can incorporate more trendy pieces when decorating your bathroom, so they’re easy to switch out when they start to look dated. 

7. Your Bathtub Is Stained

Have you noticed unsightly stains in your bathtub? While you might be able to scrub them away, who has the time (or desire) to spend precious free time cleaning the bathroom? 

If you’re sick of your bathtub looking dingy due to these stains, consider replacing it with an easy-to-clean acrylic material that is designed to be low-maintenance. Our bathtubs are resistant to stains, cracks, and chipping, even after years of use, so you can once again enjoy your bathroom to the fullest extent. 

Replacement Options to Consider

If you’ve noticed any of the warning signs we covered above, it’s time to start thinking about replacing your bathtub sooner rather than later. While you’re in the planning phase for your project, you’ll need to decide how you want to replace your tub. 

Here is a closer look at some of the options that are most popular with our customers. 

Replace It With a New Bathtub

One of the simplest remodeling options is to replace your bathtub with a similar, but newer model. Oftentimes, we can replace your bathtub in as little as just one day, so you won’t have to deal with a long, drawn-out remodeling process. 

We proudly offer high-quality acrylic Jacuzzi bathtubs that feature silver ion technology. This helps prevent mold and bacteria growth for the lifetime of your tub, so it will continue to look great for years to come. 

Convert Your Tub to a Walk-In Shower

Another option is to replace your bathtub with a Jacuzzi walk-in shower. With our tub-to-shower conversion services, we’ll remove your outdated bathtub and put a chic and modern Jacuzzi walk-in shower in its place. 

This upgrade can instantly make your whole bathroom look more modern and even give the illusion that your space is bigger than it is. Walk-in showers are also great options for homeowners planning to age in place, as they can be installed with a barrier-free entry to help prevent the risk of tripping and falling. 

Replace It With a Freestanding Jacuzzi Bathtub

When you look at modern bathroom design inspiration, you’ll probably notice that freestanding bathtubs are a common theme. Available in deep-soaking options and a variety of designs, adding a freestanding tub to your bathroom can make your space look more luxurious and give you a peaceful place to relax after a long day. 

Additionally, we offer a variety of different drain filter colors and tub dimensions so you can completely customize your space. 

Why Choose the CareFree Home Pros Team for Your Bathtub Replacement Project?

When searching for the phrase “bathtub installation near me” online, you’ll get dozens of local results. However, we hope you’ll agree that the CareFree Home Pros team is the perfect choice for your project. Our top priority is always making sure our customers are happy and that’s reflected in our 4.8 average star rating on Google, with hundreds of reviews from pleased customers. 

As the area’s leading bathroom remodeling experts, we’ve seen it all before, which means that we can approach your project with unique expertise. We know all about Jacuzzi products, including how to install them correctly so you don’t have to worry about issues down the road. 

We also believe that every homeowner deserves the bathroom of their dreams, which is why we offer comprehensive financing options to help you plan your project at a price that works with your budget.

From start to finish and every step in between, our team will be here to answer your questions and provide you with an easy, low-stress remodel that results in a bathroom you truly love. 

Is It Time to Replace Your Bathtub?

Now that you’ve read through this guide, we hope you have a better sense of whether you need to replace your bathtub. If the answer is yes, we can help you decide if you should convert your tub to a walk-in shower, replace it with a similar model, or add a freestanding tub in its place. 

When you’re ready to take the next step toward a new bathroom, contact us to request a free quote. We look forward to hearing from you!

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