Whirlpools aka “jacuzzi tubs” were all the rage in the 90’s and having the name brand tub was thought of a somewhat luxury item. As time went on the popularity grew, word starting getting out that tub owners were experiencing a foul smelling brown substance coming from their jets in their soaking tubs. As plumbers went to work, the findings were not too appealing. The slime was found to have mold and mildew with dead skin, sweat, lotions and soap and shampoo particles. Just what you think of when you take a cleansing bath right?
Researchers have found two ways in which this nasty susbstance can be kept at bay, proper installation and maintenance. We will talk about these two main points and how your next whirlpool tub will be your best purchase free from this harmful bacteria.
One of the most common mistakes when installing a whirlpool tub is that the pump is not placed correctly by the plumber, general contractor or builder. To ensure the plumbing pipes clear out entirely of water, the pump must be placed higher than the tub suction intake. By placing the pump highter, the water will drain with the forece of gravity and leave only traces of water in the pipes instead of standing water that can build up with access bacterias, and biofilms that are madee up of yeasts, fungi and other dangerous organisms. Biofilms are the browish/black particles that you will find floating in the tub after the jets are turned on. They are a sticky glue like substance that is typically resisant to conventional