Bathrooms are known for being wet, damp areas where humidity thrives. The buildup can lead to mold, mildew, and staining, and it can warp the structure of your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your home free of water damage. This article will outline what you need to do to avoid water damage in your bathroom.
Check for Leaks
Leaking water can lead to mold, mildew, and damage to your home’s structure. Signs of leaks include mold and mildew buildup, or peeling paint. You should also look for hidden leaks that may be under vanities or in the sink trap. If you see a leak, have it repaired immediately before it gets out of hand.
If the valves in your toilets, showers, and sinks are not working properly, they can cause water to leak and spread throughout your interiors. Test them out to ensure they are well tightened. Make sure there are no water stains around them that could indicate a water leak.
Repair or Replace Cracked, Missing or Broken Tiles
Cracked, missing or broken tiles allow water to seep into the foundation of your home. It is advisable to have them repaired as soon as possible. You will also want to repair drywall beneath the tiles that may have gotten damaged.
Turn on Your Exhaust Fan
Your exhaust fan helps pull excess moisture out of the room, so it doesn’t hang in the air and lead to mold growth. It should be turned on every time after you use the tub or shower.
Wipe Down Excess Water
It’s a good idea to wipe down your tiles to get rid of excess water after a shower or bath. This will also cut down on the moisture in the air that can cause mold and mildew. While wiping them down with a cloth or rag may be helpful, a wet vac will be best for getting the job done.
Place Bathmats on the Floor
This will decrease water build up outside the shower.
Discourage Children from Splashing in the Tub
It’s hard to get your kids to stop splashing in the tub if they are having fun. But if you are okay with them doing so, be sure to have a rag or wet vac on hand so you can clean up moisture as soon as possible.
Avoid Drain Clogs
Water standing in your sinks and tubs contributes to moisture that can cause mold and mildew buildup. If your sink or tub gets clogged, deal with it immediately. If you are unable to deal with the clog yourself, call a plumber.
It’s best to avoid water damage completely, but if it gets into your tile, Grout Experts can help. We can regrout, recaulk and retile to ensure a healthy atmosphere in your bathroom and throughout your home. Call us to keep your areas safe.Learn More!