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Competing products appear to be similar. Why should I insist on Aquatic?
In terms of material quality, Aquatic Bathware has maintained an unblemished reputation since 1965. Our engineering and designs are regularly lauded by both professionals and consumers. In the area of service, no other company is trusted by as many contractors and developers, people who consistently stake their own reputations upon ours. And for dependability and value, our warranties protect your investment for years of enjoyment and daily use. The only company to maintain a nationwide delivery system, Aquatic Bathware stands not only behind our products but behind our promises to deliver on-time to the jobsite. And today, thanks to an unprecedented selection suited to every space, taste and budget, one out of every four homes features an Aquatic product. Of course, popularity doesn’t necessarily indicate a wiser choice. Except when you consider our industry-leading ratio of repeat purchasers. Aquatic customers come back time and again, for their next remodel, their next home and their next subdivision.
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I prefer to “buy green” whenever possible. What steps has Aquatic Bathware taken on behalf of the environment?
Aquatic Bathware recently completed $20 million in pollution controls to ensure cleaner air for the communities in which we operate. We regularly recycle previously discarded materials from our production process. Additionally, our nationwide plants shorten the distance from factory to end-use, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
What purpose do the wood blocks under my tub/shower serve?
The wood blocks are placed under the shower and tub/shower units to keep them upright for shipping. The blocks may be left on for shimming during installation or be removed if they are obstructing proper installation of the unit.
When I set my Aquatic tub/shower or shower stall into my alcove, the unit tips to the back. Is a void under the unit acceptable?
When installing the unit, the only portion that touches the floor when the unit is leveled is the front threshold or apron. There will be a void underneath the unit for drain clearance purposes. Leaving a void under the unit is acceptable, as the unit has been tested to three hundred pounds (ANSI Standard 2124.1 & 2). If desired, the void can be eliminated by setting the unit in casting plaster or mortar.
What are “foundational materials” and how do I set my unit in them? May I use foam or sand?
Aquatic recommends using only casting plaster or mortar as foundational materials. Several mounds of the plaster or mortar should be placed on the sub floor where the floor of the unit will rest. The mounds should be good sized (about 12″ dia. and 6″ high.) Set the unit in the alcove on top of the plaster or mortar and level the unit. The mounds underneath the unit will depress and spread out into one another so that the entire bottom area of the unit is supported underneath. The use of sand is not recommended as it can shift and hold moisture. The use of foam is also not recommended, as it is difficult to regulate and can be unevenly dispersed under the unit causing stress points in specific areas. Over time, foam will also compress and no longer support the bottom of the unit.
During installation, when do you recommend units be set in casting plaster or mortar?
Foundational materials are always recommended for proper installation of Aquatic units. However, it is only mandatory to install Aquatic pans, FreedomLine units, and tubs without leveling feet for commercial applications, i.e. hotels, dorms, institutional units, in casting plaster or mortar.
What holes are cut for me on my Aquatic unit? With what do I use to cut the hole?
The only holes cut in your new Aquatic shower unit will be the drain hole. In our tubs and tub/showers, an overflow hole is drilled unless otherwise specified. To cut holes for plumbing fixture, a hole saw is recommended. A saber saw may also be used. Whatever the choice of saw, the blade should be fine-toothed and sharp. The hole should be cut from the finished side out. Masking tape can be used to minimize chipping.
May I cut a portion of my Aquatic unit for an existing window?
Yes, you may, however please be aware that by doing so you will void the warranty on that area of your Aquatic unit.
Do I have to access to the backside of my RemodeLine unit in order to install it?
Aquatic designed our RemodeLine sectional units with a front-installation fastening system like Bathlock, so the need for backside access has been eliminated.
How do I remove the adhesive sticky’s from the labels on my Aquatic unit?
Adhesive residue can be removed with 3-M Natural Cleaner, Dsolvitor, WD40, nail polish remover, mineral spirits, lemon oil or PineSol. The cleaning product should be poured onto a clean cloth rag and wiped on the unit.
Can handicapped grab bars be installed on my Aquatic unit after the unit itself has been installed?
If the unit was ordered with additional reinforcement for the future placement of grab bars, you may install the grab bars as per the grab bar manufacturer’s instructions. If the unit was not ordered with additional reinforcement, you must have access to the backside of the unit. 3/8″ plywood backing must be installed on the fiberglass laminate with resin or construction adhesive in the area you wish to install the bars. The plywood should extend 6″ past the length and width of the bar.
May I install a handicapped seat on my Aquatic unit once the unit has been installed?
If the unit was not ordered with the additional reinforcement, access to the back side of the unit is required. Plywood backing should also be installed on the fiberglass laminate and extend half way up the height of the unit and across the entire depth of the unit for maximum support. Consult the seat manufacturer’s recommendations.
What Aquatic units are available with handicapped grab bars and/or a handicapped seat?
Aquatic FreedomLine units can come fully equipped with bars, a seat, and plumbing hardware. The majority of our standard Aquatic units may also be ordered with factory installed handicapped grab bars, but not seats.
Is an access panel absolutely necessary?
An access panel is necessary so that the whirlpool components of the unit may be serviced. If you choose not to provide an access panel during installation and should service need to be performed on your whirlpool, a hole in the closest wall will need to be made at the homeowner’s expense. Aquatic is not responsible for the repair of the hole once the service on the unit is complete. You can choose to have an access panel on an outside wall so long as all local and state building codes are followed for your area.
May I install an in-line heater on my Aquatic whirlpool after purchase?
You may install an in-line heater on your Aquatic unit after purchase, however you will void the warranty on the jetting system. Please be aware that this is at your own risk, so be sure the person you hire to do the installation is qualified. Aquatic does offer the in-line heater as an option.
May I purchase a steam generator from Aquatic and install it on my own bathing unit?
No, Aquatic does not sell component parts after the sale of a product. Steam generators are factory installed to ensure the warranty stays intact. Any installation of a steam generator or other unauthorized manipulations to your Aquatic product may void the warranty.
What are the electrical requirements?
A dedicated 110v/120v amp G.F.C.I. protected circuit is required for your Aquatic whirlpool. If you have chosen the in-line heater option (on applicable models only), an additional dedicated 110v/120v 20 amp circuit is also required. For installing a Aquatic Steam unit, a dedicated 220v/240v 20 amp G.F.C.I. protected circuit is required.
What is the recommended water pressure for a steam unit?
Maximum water pressure for a Aquatic Steam unit is 80psi.
Do I really have to recess my FreedomLine unit into the floor? What can I do if I’ve already installed it on top of the floor?
ADA code mandates that all FreedomLine wheelchair accessible units must be recessed into the floor and set into casting plaster or mortar in order to be ADA compliant. If the unit must pass a code approval inspection, local and state codes must be verified to be sure the installation is acceptable, if it is not recessed. For a private home, the unit may be installed on top of the floor. If the unit must be wheelchair accessible, the bathroom floor can be built up to the shower as a ramp. Please be aware that the warranty on the Aquatic unit may be voided if not installed to Aquatic’s specifications.
How do I keep water from coming out of my FreedomLine unit?
Collapsible thresholds are on the market and can be installed after the unit has been installed. The collapsible thresholds allow the unit to be accessible for a wheelchair, yet spring back into shape to prevent water from coming out of the unit. It is recommended that the bathroom floor outside ADA clear floor space be designed with a floor drain to alleviate any water over spray that may escape the shower stall.