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Mold Restoration, Water Restoration Published February 4, 2020

10 Ways to Prevent Bathroom Water Damage

Between the shower, toilet, and sink, a lot of water is used in bathrooms. Chances are that some of that water could make its way into your walls and floors, causing water damage. Over time, you could end up with mold and structural damage that may take considerable efforts to repair. Follow these tips to help prevent water from ruining your bathroom.

Regularly Check for Leaks

bathroom water damage - bubbling and peeling drywall in bathroomDiscoloration on your walls or floors, bubbling drywall, and musty smells are all signs of a water leak. To check, touch the walls for any areas that are softer than others. Look for leaks under vanities and make sure there is no water coming from the sink trap. If any of these problems exist, find the source of the leak and call a professional to have it fixed immediately.

Repair or Replace Cracked, Broken, or Missing Tiles

Cracked, broken, or missing tiles give water a way to seep in behind walls and under floors. Take the time to repair or replace them to help prevent water damage. Be sure you do the same for cracked or decaying grout and caulking along sinks, tubs, and showers.

Test Valves

To help prevent water damage in your bathroom, ensure the valves are working properly by regularly testing them for your toilets, showers, and sinks. Noticeable moisture or staining could indicate a leak.

Unclog Drains

If your sink is draining slowly, it may be clogged. To help break up the clog, pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the drain. If that is ineffective, hire a plumber to check the trap for clogs. Never let water collect and sit in the area around the sink.

Upgrade Your Fixtures

water damage bathroom - stainless steel shower head in grey tiled showerDid you know that toilets account for about 40% of your annual water consumption? In addition, older showerheads may use twice as much water than newer ones. If your fixtures are old, upgrade them to save water and prevent water damage in the future.

Toilet Paper Only

Items like diapers and sanitary napkins can cause major clogs in the plumbing and water damage in your bathroom. If you have a septic system, be sure to only use septic-safe toilet paper.

Use Your Exhaust Fan

Turn on your exhaust fan every time you use the shower or tub. The fan helps pull excess moisture out of the air, preventing it from entering your walls. If moisture enters your walls, it can cause bubbly drywall and unwanted growth. If your fan just isn’t cutting it, use a dehumidifier to help reduce the humidity levels in the bathroom.

Check the Floor

It’s important to check the bathroom floor for water (and remove it if there is any) after taking a shower or using the tub. Always fully drain the water from the shower or tub to help prevent damage from sitting water. Replace torn shower curtains or shower doors that have cracks or damaged seals.

Minimize Splashing

water damage in bathroom - black floor tiles with water dropsIf your children are in the tub, do your best to minimize splashing. Wipe up any water that makes it onto the floor or walls as soon as possible.

Use Bathmats

It seems simple, but using bathmats on the floor can help minimize the risk of excess water building up outside your shower.

With the amount of water that flows in bathrooms, there’s always a chance it could cause damage, especially over an extended period of time. Taking these precautionary steps could help prevent water damage and keep your bathroom safe and usable.

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