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TigerVespamon
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Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
We have a fiberglass Jacuzzi tub, and wish to have it converted to a soaker. By convert, I don’t mean capping or plugging the jets and intake. I want them removed, and holes patched. Who in the BR area does this type of work? Thanks in advance!

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Just don’t turn them on?
Even if you never use the whirlpool feature, water backs up into the piping, and doesn’t completely drain which causes a build up of gunk. This is a breeding ground for bacteria. Every time the tub is used just for bathing, this gunk leaches out into the bath water. While the system can be flushed with expensive cleaning agents and a full tub of hot water, it must be done weekly to keep the pipes “clean”. Since we don’t utilize the whirlpool feature, we see no need in continuing to waste money on cleaning agents, and hot water. The options we have are:

A. Replace the tub.
B. Cap/Plug the jets and intake.
C. Remove the jets and intake, and patch the holes as shown in the images below.
Image: http://1qf4avokr2m3hf8343arbe515ay-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/jacuzzi-tub-conversion_before4.jpg

Image: http://1qf4avokr2m3hf8343arbe515ay-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/jacuzzi-tub-conversion_after.jpg
Images from Tuff Tub.

We would like to go with option “C” if we can find a local company that performs this type of service.
This post was edited on 10/26 at 12:05 pm


patnuh
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re: Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
Just don’t turn them on?


mctiger1985
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re: Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
You have to seal the plumbing so stagnant water doesn't sit in the pipes.


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TigerVespamon
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re: Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
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Just don’t turn them on?
See edit in OP.
This post was edited on 10/26 at 12:06 pm


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fishfighter
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re: Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
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Even if you never use the whirlpool feature, water backs up into the piping, and doesn’t completely drain which causes a build up of gunk. This is a breeding ground for bacteria.


Which almost killed me due to having a PICC line in my chest. The wife dumps a gallon of bleach once a week with a tub of water and runs it. Talk about the nasties.

Been looking for a 6' claw old school tub to replace the Jacuzzi.


hungryone
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re: Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
A drop-in/top mount tub that size isn’t terribly expensive. Have you priced having it removed and replaced? I can’t see that opening the side, removing/capping the pipes, and then patching the tub would be cheaper than simply ripping out the tub and replacing. And a brand new tub is certainly the better option.

If you’re on a budget, you can demo this yourself. Tub is likely fiberglass; get a reciprocating saw, dust mask, and start cutting. You can remove the pump, etc. Tben, you simply have to pay a plumber to connect the new tub.


TigerVespamon
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re: Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
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I can’t see that opening the side, removing/capping the pipes
Actually, the jets and intake can easily be removed from inside the tub. The piping and pump can remain. Just need to disconnect (unplug) the pump motor. The hard part would be patching the holes, and making them look like they were never there as shown in the pics in my OP. Those pics were from an outfit in California that does this work. I had hoped to get some recommendations as to who in the BR area might perform this service. I guess I’ll have to make some calls to some of the local bathroom remodeling outfits to see if they would tackle a small job like this.


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DMAN1968
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re: Converting Jacuzzi to Soaker
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Which almost killed me due to having a PICC line in my chest


A PICC line in the tub is a certain no-no, as you now know.

Just replace the whirlpool with a real tub...like others have said...it's bound to be cheaper if not equal to what you want to do.


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