How To Protect Your Bathrooms From Water Damage

08/10/2017

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The average family uses around 400 gallons of water every day. Most of that water consumption occurs indoors, with the bathroom being the area of the house where water flows most. Small leaks, drips, or clogs can create massive amounts of damage to your home in the long run, so it’s important to look out for any issues concerning the lack of water flow. Here are some helpful tips to consider when protecting your bathroom from water damage:

  • Toilets: First, you’ll need to check for any leaks in your water line. After that, look for any water stains on the floor. If you find any, this could mean that the toilet rim and tank need to be sealed more properly. Also, press down on the floor near the toilet. If it’s soft, it could mean there’s structural damage, and you’ll want to call a professional right away.

  • Showers/Bathtubs: Inspect the caulk. If any portions are cracked or loose, they may need to be replaced. Also look out for cracked tiles or missing grout since these can also lead to water damage. Beware of water puddles remaining in the bathtub as well since this can be a signal of structural weakness in the floor underneath.

  • Exhaust Fan: Your fan is important in controlling moisture in your bathroom. If it’s not working properly, you may want to consider replacing it. Be sure to inspect it for dust and mildew as well.

  • Windows: Check for any flaking paint or issues in the stripping and seals along the windows. You might need to either repaint or replace the seals if your find imperfections. For example, the stripping and seals help control humidity. If you let those wear too much, they aren’t able to effectively do their job.