Jet Tubs: Inspections and Maintenance

A jet tub in a nice house

In the world of home inspections, we often come across the luxurious addition of jet tubs in bathrooms. These relaxing fixtures provide a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. However, without proper care and maintenance, these jets can become a breeding ground for black mildew and mold. At IM Home Inspections, we understand the importance of not only inspecting but also educating homeowners on how to maintain their jet tubs.

The Importance of an Access Panel

Having an access panel to reach the equipment of your jet tub is crucial. It allows for easier maintenance and repairs. Ensure that your access panel is easily accessible and not blocked by any fixtures. Access panels are necessary to repair the pump, check the electrical connections, and of course, check to see if there are any leaks under the tub. Unlike a regular tub, a jet tub has numerous hoses and connections under the tub and quite simply has a higher chance of leaking than a normal tub.

An access panel is required by International Residential Code P2720.1
Access shall be provided to circulation pumps in accordance with the fixture or pump manufacturer’s installation instructions. Where the manufacturer’s instructions do not specify the location and minimum size of field-fabricated access openings, an opening of not less than 12 inches by 12 inches (305 mm by 305 mm) shall be installed for access to the circulation pump.

Inside the access panel under a jet tub
Inside the access panel under a jet tub

GFCI Protection

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection is vital for jet tubs. It prevents electrical shocks by cutting off power if it detects a fault. This is especially important because jet tubs combine water and electricity. If your jet tub doesn’t have GFCI protection, protection should be installed by a licensed electrician for safety before use. GFCI should have a reset button that is reasonably easy to access. Often the reset is under the tub just inside the access panel. Sometimes the reset button is in a nearby closet close to the floor.

Cleaning the Jets and Tub

Often when we run a tub, we notice back debris come out of the jets. And from time to time this can happen. Not using a jet tub can lead to the unsightly issue of black mildew and mold forming in the hoses under the tub. To keep your tub sparkling, follow these steps:

Regular Cleaning: Make it a routine to clean your jet tub after each use. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner to wipe down the surfaces, including the jets.

Deep Cleaning: To clean any mildew or mold that is in the jet hoses: fill the tub with hot water, add a cup of white vinegar, and run the jets for about 15 minutes. This will help remove any built-up residue in the jets.

Jet Cleaning Tools: There are specialized jet cleaning products available in the market. These can be used periodically to ensure the jets remain clean and free from mold.

Proper Use and Maintenance

Proper use of your jet tub is essential to prevent issues. Here’s what you should keep in mind:

Avoid Bubble Baths: While they may be tempting, bubble baths can lead to excess residue in the jets. Stick to mild, non-bubble bath products.

Rinse After Use: After enjoying your soak, be sure to rinse the tub and jets thoroughly to remove any soap or shampoo residue.

Regularly Check Seals and Pipes: Inspect the seals and pipes around the tub for any signs of leaks or damage. Timely repairs can prevent major problems.

Testing a jet tub
Testing a jet tub

Regular Jet Tub Use Matters

Surprisingly, not using your jet tub can lead to more problems. Regular use prevents stagnant water in the pipes, reducing the risk of mold and mildew growth. So, don’t hesitate to take a relaxing soak from time to time. A weird but true fact is when a tub goes unused for long periods the rubber gaskets at pipe connections can dry out and crack, leading to leaks.

What Not to Do

Here are a few “what not to do” tips when it comes to jet tubs:

Don’t use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads as they can damage the tub’s surface.
Avoid using bath oils, which can leave a residue in the jets.
Never attempt DIY electrical work; leave any repairs or installations to professionals.

In conclusion, maintaining a jet tub doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these cleaning and care tips and understanding the value of regular use, you can enjoy your jet tub for years to come.

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