There are many misconceptions about utilizing suction mounted grab bars as a permanent soloution in acheiving safety at home. You MUST read the manufacturer’s literature carefully. These devices are labeled portable grab bars. The real intention of these temporary bars are for people visiting a place that doesnt have adequate protection for a short period of time.
Many of the manufacturers of portable grab bars will show these handy devices packed in suitcases for traveling in advertising. This is one of the main reasons these temporary grab bars are manufactured. It is a great idea when traveling to be properly prepared.
Also in the literature is a warning that states these devicess should be detached and reattached as often as daily. Who
has the time to do that properly everyday. Most folks figure this out after using the portable grab bars for a while, when they find them loose and have to reattach them more and more often. Many of the installations I perform are for customers that have already seen this for themselves or have experienced an accident. That is when they call me to remove these portable devices for them and install permanent grab bars.
The bottom line: If these devices were a permanent soloution I would not be in the grab bar business, obviously there would be no reason. If you want a grab bar you can count when you need it, having a permanent quality grab bar installed by a proffesional is the only soloution.