Most homeowners will find themselves dealing with the effects of water damage at some point in their lives. While frustrating and expensive, water damage, particularly in the bathroom, is highly common. As pipes and plumbing systems suffer from wear, they become more susceptible to simple breaks, cracks, and malfunctions. Fortunately, with a little care and maintenance, you can help keep your home and bathroom free from water damage.
Practice Good Maintenance
One of the most important steps to ensuring that your bathroom stays free of water damage is to ensure that everything is well maintained. While there will always be the chance of an accidental break, you can avoid many of the most common problems with a little care. Start by performing regular checks of all of the accessible pipes and plumbing aspects in your bathroom and check for musty scents and water stains.
What to Check
While you still want to have your home checked regularly by professionals, you can check many things on your own. To start your plumbing check test the valves on your shower, toilet, and sink to see if they are functioning correctly and that they don’t have visible rust or leaks. Next, check the supply lines for your faucet as they can wear out and crack over time. If any caulking along your tub, shower, or sink is deteriorating or cracking, replace it as soon as possible. Finally, keep an eye out for the signs of a leak within the walls. While hidden leaks are harder to spot you may notice a musty odor, bubbling drywall, excess moisture or water stains on the ceiling underneath where the pipes are located. Keeping up with these simple checks can help that you spot potential issues before they become significant problems.
Use Toilet Manners
How often do you overwork your toilet without knowing it? Over time you can damage your septic system and the plumbing of your toilet resulting in leaks and backups that can create severe threats to your home and health. Make sure you’re only using toilet paper that is septic system safe (not all of them are) and do not flush anything other than toilet paper. Diapers, sanitary napkins, legos, hair, leftover lasagna, and expensive bills should never be flushed. If you have small children it’s important to teach them how to gauge an appropriate amount of toilet paper to use, as many will overuse paper on accident.
How To Check Toilet Maintenance
If you notice that your toilet bowls water seems to be low, it may be a sign of either a partial clog or a crack in the bowl. To prevent serious leaks, you will want to regularly check for wear and cracks along the caulking and bowl. Regular check the surrounding tiles to be sure that there are no cracks that might allow water to seep in. Additionally, regularly check the tank to be sure that all of the parts are working as intended.
Maintaining Your Shower and Tub
As with every other section of your bathroom, wear and damage to your tub and shower can cause severe water damage. If your tub or shower base has any cracks, even small ones, they can cause water damage that will be difficult to notice until it is too late. Checking and replacing caulking is critical as is replacing ineffective shower curtains and doors. If water does spill out of your shower or tub, makes sure to clean and drain it immediately to prevent standing water damage.
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