Plumber: Relaxing recommendation for in-home spa


Q: Dear Ed: We plan to turn an unused room into an in-home spa. We’re installing one luxury plumbing fixture along with a toilet and sink. What’s your suggestion for a relaxing plumbing fixture we can enjoy for a while versus jumping in and out?

– Joan, Wisconsin

A: There’s a lot of good fixture choices out there for in-home spas, such as custom showers, jetted whirlpool baths and steam rooms. While choices like these are relaxing, they may wear you out a little sooner than expected.

So if you’re looking for a plumbing fixture you can enjoy for longer periods of time, you might want to look into a more gentle spalike experience.

I recommend you look into an air bath, commonly called a bubble massage tub. Bubble massage baths have small air holes at the bottom of the bath that release thousands of tiny bubbles to massage you gently as you stretch out in the tub.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of taking a long bath in a big glass of champagne, a bubble massage tub can really wet your whistle.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write [email protected]. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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