WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT
TYPES OF JETTING?
The most common types of jetting are;
Water Jetting - Re-circulated tub water
Air Jetting - The introduction of air bubbles
into the bath.
Water jetting generally consists of the use of a water
pump to suck the water out of the bathtub and push it back through jets under pressure to
create a firm or soft water pressure on different parts of the body.
There are some options available like adjustable jet direction, jet speed
control and heaters to improve the bathing experience.
Water jetting will definitely offer much more of a massage feel on the
different parts of the body. Many people
are concerned about bacteria build up in the water lines due to improper
draining. There are many videos out
there that show black mold riddled pipework.
This can happen if a water jetted tub is not correctly cared for, but
most modern jetted tubs are built and certified to UL, cUL and ANSI specifications and are
designed for a very small amount of water retention in the lines. So long as a simple cleaning regime is followed
about once per month, there should be no reason at all for mold build up in the
If you are working in the garden and have an aching back or aching feet, we
would strongly advise you to consider a water jetted tub over an air jetted
Air jetting is a very simple process. A blower, similar to a hair dryer is employed
to introduce bubbles into the water under pressure. The air introduction would
normally be through individual jets or a bladder in the base of the tub.
Quite often, the blower will encompass a heater to raise the ambient air
temperature at the blower intake, but the bubbles will always remain at a
temperature lower than the water in a hot bath.
However, this doesn’t noticeably reduce tub water temperature over a
normal bathing time.
We would suggest that air jetting is great for simply relaxing, but it is not
big on massage. The soft feel of the
bubbles rolling over your skin can be very relaxing and soothing. One very important thing is the noise level
from the blower. Some blowers actually
sound a little like a jet engine, so take special care on this point. To have a truly relaxing experience, you should
really only hear the sound of the bubbles and the rippling water.
Air jetting is very simple to maintain and keep clean where individual jets are
used. Many blowers are equipped with a
purge cycle that will activate a short time after the bath is finished and blow
any residual water out of the jetted lines and it will blow long enough to dry
the lines out completely. If there is no
automatic purging on the blower, simply activate your blower for a few
minutes after bathing. If you use your tub
for showering as well, we strongly recommend that you activate your blower to
remove any residual water. From reports
we have had, bladder style jetting is more difficult to maintain as it is not
always possible to remove all residual water from the bladder.
What about using bubble
Bubble bath should really cause no problems at all to modern
equipment on either air or water jetting.
However, if you put too much bubble bath in a water jetted tub, you will
run the risk of soap bubbles being everywhere in your bathroom. So only add a little and then a little more