How to Install Jacuzzi Bathroom Tubs

In the 1960s, the Jacuzzi bathtub was the first tub of its kind to  feature a hydrotherapy pump, designed to circulate bathwater and soothe  sore muscles and joints. Today's Jacuzzi jetted tubs offer the latest  pump technology and a variety of air-jet placement options. While  installing a Jacuzzi bathtub is similar to installing a standard tub,  there are some additional framing and wiring considerations you should  know about.

You  will necessity to install a ground fault circuit interrupter in the  space within the tub's frame. Jacuzzi recommends a GFCI outlet, and your  local building code may require it as well. Although the pump and  tubing are sealed units, if a leak occurs, the GFCI will trip,  preventing electrical shock. Some Jacuzzi models require two GFCI  outlets if the tub includes an independent heating source. Position  these outlets as high as possible beneath the frame. Build the bathtub  frame as directed in the tub's specification sheet. Jacuzzi makes many  whirlpool tub sizes, but each one will have either a right-hand or a  left-hand designation. You will need to make sure that your tub's  orientation fits your current plumbing layout. The frame will hold the  Jacuzzi, water and one or more people, so your existing floor joists  need the strength to support the weight if you're installing a large  jetted tub.

Secure the flange of your Jacuzzi style Whirlpool Tub to the wooden frame. Before using the screws that came with your tub,  place a carpenter's level on the top edge of the tub to make sure it is  level. The inside bottom of your tub has a manufactured slope for  drainage, so only the edge of the tub should be level. Place shims  beneath a low area if needed. A removable panel covers the parts of the  Jacuzzi tub's mechanical components. It's important to have access to  the panel in case you ever need to repair or replace any mechanical  components. If you want a custom tub skirt or you must slide your tub  into a narrow space, make an access in the wall on the opposite side of  the motor and plumbing components or build an access panel in the  ceiling of the floor beneath these components.

Attach any anchor  straps that may come with your tub to the floor or to wall studs to  stabilize the Jacuzzi. In addition, the tub may come with foam pads to  insert between the tub bottom and framing. Make sure these are in place  to reduce tub vibration during use. Trim out your Jacuzzi as desired and  use silicone caulking in the creases between your new tub and the  adjacent wall or tile. Seal any area where water can splash with caulk  to prevent moisture from seeping between the cracks.