Frequently Asked Questions

What is a whirlpool? - A whirlpool is made by installing venturi jets into the side of a bath through which water is re-circulated using a powerful pump. The process of pumping water through these venturi causes air to be mixed with the water creating a strong turbulence in the bath. The amount of air can be regulated by turning an "Air" Control on the rim of the bath, enabling the turbulence of the water to be controlled from a gentle to a vigorous massage.

Are there any medical benefits associated with whirlpool? - A whirlpool is fun and relaxing in addition we have received may letters from customers who have found that their whirlpool has helped with stress, strains, aches and pains, rheumatism & arthritis, circulation & migraines. A word of caution - a whirlpool is not a magic cure-all and it won't give the same benefits for everyone. If you suffer from an ailment you should seek advice from your doctor about any benefit that hydro-massage may have.

How much does a whirlpool cost to run? - A pump on a domestic whirlpool system is normally rated at about 4 amps, 0.37Kw and depending on the cost of a unit of electricity will therefore cost around 3 pence per hour to run. This can be offset against the savings on hot water - The hydro-massage action of a whirlpool breaks down the film of cool water which normally insulates the body in a hot bath, therefore with a whirlpool bath the initial temperature does not need to be as high as an ordinary bath!

Will my whirlpool need regular servicing? - Not really, except for the pump your whirlpool system contains no moving parts. The pump & motor contain high temperature seals designed to last for many hours of continuous running, as your pump will only be operating for regular short bursts of half an hour or so, it will be relatively under-utilised and should give many years of good service.

How do I clean a whirlpool bath? - Because a whirlpool re-circulates water from within the bath it is very easy to periodically add a specially formulated cleanser to a bath full of water and re-circulate it through the whole system. Cleansers can be purchased from us, see our products page.

Can I use Aromatherapy oils in a whirlpool bath? - The air and water action of a whirlpool bath is one of the most effective means of releasing the true potential of essential oils to work on both the mind and body. In addition a whirlpool bath continually re-circulates the bath water ensuring even distribution of any essential oils added to the bath promoting absorption. inhalation and relaxation.  See our products page for further information on aromatherapy bath oils.

What is the difference between a whirlpool and a spa? - There are two main differences - Action and Cleaning: A whirlpool is Air and Water pumped through jets installed into the sides of the bath whereas a spa system is simply air blown through holes in the bottom of a bath. A whirlpool system can be thouroughly cleansed by re-circulating a cleansing solution through it.  A spa or air bath can normally only be cleansed by filling the bottom of the bath with a sterilising solution and leaving it to soak.  

Do I need a special electrical supply? - The pump is supplied pre-wired to a switch box. An electrician has to make a connection from the switch box to the R.C.C.B. and from there into a convenient point on the 13 amp ring main in your house.  

Can I use ordinary bubble bath in a whirlpool bath? - A whirlpool bath is like an automatic (body) washing machine - it needs low foaming bubble baths. You can use ordinary bubble baths if you only use a minute drop - any more and you may float out of the bath on a sea of foam! Please see our product page for details of our Low foaming aromatherapy bath oils

Can I have jets positioned to massage my back? - With certain limitations, we are able to position your jets and controls wherever you wish on the bath. When back jets are requested we prefer to position a jet either side of the spine rather than one directly onto the spine. Advice we have received from members of the medical profession indicates that long term exposure to a single jet directly onto the spine could cause bruising to the spinal cord.

How can I ensure that I get the best possible advice? - There are many different styles and makes of baths on the market and bath manufacturers are constantly improving their products. We regularly fit to in excess of 150 different types of bath.  Feel free to contact us by phone or email for advice on fitting positions to a certain type of bath, or even for advice on a type of bath for certain fitting positions! Either way you can depend on us for the most up to date advice.

What sort of guarantee do we get with our whirlpool system? - When we supply a bath fitted with a whirlpool system it is covered by our comprehensive parts and labour guarantee.

Could our existing bath be converted to a Whirlpool bath?
- Most probably Yes, As long as access can be got to one side of the bath and there are no obstructions in the way of the pump or pipework. Conversion normally takes less than a day and is done without the need to remove your bath. for details on pricing and options see our products page.

If your question has not been answered please feel free to contact us via phone or email, see our contacts page for full details.