Prevent Water Damage in the Bathroom

September 25, 2019 | Blog

It’s no secret that one of the rooms most at risk for water damage is the bathroom.  Between the sink, shower, bath, and toilet there are plenty of opportunities for water to wreak havoc on that area of your home.  Common problems include mold, flooding, and structural damage.  With proper care and continuous observance, you can prevent most of these issues.  Take a look at our list of tips to get you started.

Pipes & Valves

  • Valves that shut off or stop the water flow to sinks, toilets, and showers should be checked regularly to ensure they are working properly. If you have an overflow, they are the quickest way to shut off the water.  Also, keep an eye out for any signs of leaks like wetness or staining around the valves.
  • If there is a leak in the wall pipes you may notice staining, bubbling, musty smells, or excess moisture. Always be on the lookout for these signs of water damage.

Sinks & Faucets

  • Check all lines and pipes under sinks for leaks. Replace when needed.
  • Caulking around the sink that is cracked or deteriorating needs to be replaced.
  • If you notice your sink is draining slowly, it may be clogged. Do not use cleaners, as they can do damage to your pipes.  Use a natural remedy, a tool, or call a professional if needed.
  • Keep the area around the sink and faucet dry. Water that collects and sits can mean the potential for damage.

Shower & Tubs

  • Be sure to use bathmats to avoid areas of excess water buildup. Do not let water sit.  Dry up any standing water and drain tubs immediately after use.
  • Replace shower curtains that are moldy or torn. Replace seals if they no longer work.
  • If you notice a crack or other damage, it may be necessary to replace your shower or tub. Even small hairline cracks can mean water getting in and causing water damage.
  • Watch for excess water when children are in the tub. Wipe up any spills on floors or walls as soon as possible.
  • Always turn on your exhaust fan. It will pull moisture out of the air and away from your walls.
  • Grout or caulk any sealed areas that have damage due to cracks, chips, or deterioration.
  • Upgrade your showerhead. Newer heads save on water and may help prevent potential water damage.

Toilets & Floors

  • Use only septic safe toilet paper if you have a septic system.
  • Only flush toilet paper down the toilet. Avoid flushing items like sanitary napkins and diapers.  Keep a watchful eye out for children around toilets.
  • Check for low water levels on your toilet. This could be a sign of a crack in the bowl or a clog.
  • Regularly check the toilet for any signs of cracks. Also, check caulking to ensure seals are in good condition.
  • Always be on the lookout around the outer edge of the toilet for excess water, a moist, spongy floor, or if stains appear around the base.
  • Flooring that is cracked, broken, or missing tiles needs to be repaired. The floor is a common area for water to seep into, potentially causing damage to floors and walls.

Water damage repair can be costly.  The best thing you can do to prevent mold and other damages caused by water is to keep a watchful eye and to be diligent about maintenance repairs.  If you do find yourself dealing with water damage don’t hesitate to get in touch with professionals.  Here at Pro Response Restoration, we are ready to take your call #469-858-1811

 

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Additional Resources & References:

https://www.plumbingsupply.com/preventing-water-damage-in-the-bathroom.html

https://www.alure.com/home-improvements-blog/resources/how-to-prevent-water-damage-in-your-bathroom

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