Bathtubs | Baths
Bathtubs | Baths
Bathtubs, also known as baths and tubs, are bathroom fixtures with the purpose of holding water for bathing. Commonly made with ceramic, porcelain enameled cast iron, cast acrylic, or fiberglass-reinforced polyester, baths can be used pragmatically for general washing or for a relaxing full-body soak at the end of a long work day. Modern bathtubs come in a range of styles and functional designs based on bathroom layouts, space requirements, and user preferences. Standard variations of bathtub forms include freestanding, alcove, undermounted, drop-in, corner, whirlpool, and walk-in.
Bathtubs date back to ancient civilizations, with early versions carved from hard materials in places like Egypt and the Indus Valley. The Greeks and Romans elevated bathing, creating large communal bathhouses. As time progressed, private bathing became more common. By the 19th century, with advancements in plumbing, bathtubs became a staple in households. Materials like cast iron coated with porcelain became popular. Over time, designs and functionalities diversified, reflecting cultural preferences and technological advancements, making bathtubs a central feature in bathroom design.
Bathtubs are evolving, blending luxury with practicality. Modern tubs often incorporate hydrotherapy jets, mood lighting, and even music systems for a spa-like experience. Space-saving and freestanding designs cater to varied bathroom sizes and aesthetics. Eco-conscious trends emphasize water-saving features and sustainable materials. However, with urban living spaces shrinking, fitting a full-sized tub becomes challenging. Additionally, ensuring safety, especially for the elderly, is vital. As preferences shift towards wellness and relaxation, bathtubs are transforming to meet both therapeutic and environmental needs.
Although bathtubs come in various shapes and sizes, the standard or commonly seen bathtub is able to hold around 80 gallons (302 liters) of water. A bath uses between 35-50 gallons (132-189 liters) of water.
To remove a bathtub, turn off the water to the bathroom. Using a wrench, disconnect the tub drain while locating the pipes and loosening the connections and/or joints. Slowly pry the tub from the wall, making way from one end to the other. Pulling the tub out is the next step and is typically completed with the help of another person.
To unclog a bathroom drain, remove both the strainer or stopper located over the drain and clean any gunk off either. A drain claw or stick can be inserted down the drain, hooking onto any hair or soap that has clogged the drain. Once this process is complete, test the water. Baking soda and boiling hot water can often instantly unclog the drain when poured directly down it.