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Q: How can I ensure that my bathroom stays “waterproof?”

A: One of the best things you can do to help keep your bathroom protected against water-related damage is to inspect it every 2-3 months.

Here are a few easy to perform inspection ideas that can help prevent potential water damage caused by the bathtub, shower, pipe joints, plumping, sinks, cabinets and toilet. 

Bathtub and Shower The shower and bathtub require special attention and maintenance.

  • Check the tiles and replace if cracked.
  • Make sure that there is no missing grout between the tiles.
  • Inspect and replace cracked caulking at joints where the walls meet the floor or the bathtub.
  • Clogged drains and pipes problems will prevent the bathtub from drying and may indicate serious problems beneath the bathtub. If you spot this, you should consult with a professional immediately to prevent structural damage.
  • Pay attention to discolorations or soft areas around the bathtub walls as they may indicate an internal leak.

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

  • Pay special attention to flooring and walls moisture and stains as they may indicate an invisible plumbing problem.
  • Check moisture levels in adjoining rooms as well.

Sinks and Cabinets Sinks and cabinets are exposed to moisture and humidity daily and are often overlooked on a day-to-day basis, which is why intentional inspections once a season is a good idea.

  • Inspect regularly under the sink and on the countertop above it.
  • Repair any drip in the trap as it may suggest drain problems.
  • Look around the sink, slow draining pipes may indicate a blocked drain.
  • Replace sink seals if they are cracked or loose.

Toilet The toilet is a vulnerable water junction as well that you’ll want to be sure not to miss.

  • Check the water lines and search for leaks around the toilet seat, in the hose, and under the water tank.
  • If you detect any signs of moisture on the floor around the toilet, check for leaks in the toilet rim and tank seals.
  • Be aware that hanging toilet bowl deodorants increases the chances for clogs.

 

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