Prevent Water Damage in the Bathroom

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 1:00 AM

By Gina Parks


Water damage can strike your bathroom any time, and this is largely due to regular water usage and the resultant moisture buildup. By inspecting it regularly, you can reduce water related damages.

The following set of inspections is easy to perform and should be done once in every three months in order to keep your bathroom in good shape and to prevent potential water damages caused by the bathtub, the shower, pipe joints and plumbing, sinks, cabinets, and the toilet.

These inspections, once again, are quite simple, so they don't even need any shortcuts or quick-fix work. At the end of the day, you could save money that could end up getting spent if you don't try to stop water damage before it happens.

Inspections On Your Shower And Bathtub

The shower and bathtub require special attention and maintenance. Check the tiles and replace if cracked. There must not be any grout missing from in between the tiles. Also, you'll have to replace cracked caulking on the joints if the wall is against the bathtub or the floor. If your drains and pipes are clogged, this may pose a huge problem with moisture, as your bathtub won't dry as fast as it should. Should there be a threat of structural damage, have a plumber check it out for you. If parts of your bathtub feel a bit soft, or look discolored, this could be signs of internal leakage.

All About Plumbing

Signs for water damage are hard to detect since most pipes are installed inside the walls.

If your walls and flooring are stained or moist, there may be a plumbing problem that you can't see with the naked eye. You may have rooms next to the bathroom with the same problem.

Maintaining Sinks And Cabinets

Sinks and cabinets are exposed to moisture and humidity daily and are often overlooked. Inspect regularly under the sink and on the countertop above it. The trap of your sink may need to be repaired if it's dripping. Check for a slower than usual drain as this may indicate a blockage as well. Change any loose or cracked seals in your sink.

The Toilet

The toilet is a vulnerable water junction. The water lines, the hose and the areas around the toilet seat and under the water tank are all prone to leakage. If you detect any signs of moisture on the floor around the toilet, check for leaks in the toilet rim and tank seals.

One last bit of need-to-know info would be on hanging toilet bowl deodorants, which can cause blockage in your toilet.




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