Tips to Prevent Water Damage in your Bathroom
There are so many potential water damage problems in your bathroom. The bathroom, more than any other room in your house, is likely to be damaged by water. Bathroom water damage can be expensive, in part because the damage may already be done long before it’s detected. The best way to minimize the damage, even all out prevent it, is to keep a sharp eye out for problems. Take a minute and learning how to recognize and prevent some of the common household water problems and save yourself the future expensive (and stress) of repairs.
Let’s take a look at some of the trouble spots in your bathroom.
Check the Bathtub and Shower
1) Examine it. To avoid a water cleanup situation in the bathroom take a moment and check the bathtub and shower. This includes inspecting the tile and grout. If you detect areas where grout is missing or has deteriorated this is a red flag area. If grout is missing water can seep behind the tile causing damage that is hard detect until the problem grows into something that can’t be ignored.
2) Pull the plug. This one is easy. Don’t let water sit in tub. You’re going to want to drain your bathtub immediately so standing water can’t get around a faulty drain.
3) Dry off. After bathing or showering don’t forget to dry off the floor, even what seems like small drips can cause damage if left to sit on the bathroom floor.
4) Flip the switch. You can pull extra moisture from the air by simply turning on the exhaust fan.
Check the Toilet and Plumbing
1) Check it out. You should remind yourself to regularly check the water lines leading to the toilet to make sure they are not leaking.
2) Warning sound. If you hear the tank filling for no reason…you have a leak. This continual drip can cause damage if left unmanaged.
3) Is that a crack? Well….here’s the truth, cracks happen. You’re going to want to replace your tank immediately if you find a crack because water slowly seeps through the cracks leading to trouble.
4) Hide and seek. Leaky plumbing is often hard to see because plumbing pipes are hidden behind walls and out of our sight. You’re going to want to check walls for soft spots and discoloration. These are both signs of a leaky pipe in your bathroom.
Check the Sinks and Cabinets
1) What’s in there? We load our bathroom cabinets with towels, cosmetics, and much more without paying much attention to what else might be in there. Sinks and cabinets are exposed to moisture every day. Make an effort to inspect them regularly for issues that might be hiding and cause problems.
2) Drip. Drip. Drip. Take care to repair faucet drips immediately. What you might think is just an annoyance can actually lead to larger leaks and bigger problems.
Did you know that 75% of all household water use occurs in the bathroom making it the most likely place for water damage to occur? Overson Restoration water damage experts hope these tips help you prevent a future water damage. Regular inspection can save you a great deal of hassle and money. Don’t hesitate to call us at Overson Restoration if you suspect an issue. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.