In the homeowner’s long list of chores, bathroom maintenance is probably on top in terms of priority. It’s not the easiest or the most pleasant task, but it’s certainly essential. As one of the areas in the house that’s frequently used, bathrooms get dirty fast and seem to need more fixes compared to other rooms.
A person uses the bathroom about four to ten times a day. On average, a person spends one and a half years of their life in the bathroom. It’s safe to say that bathrooms play a significant role in people’s lives and homes, hence the importance of performing these bathroom maintenance tasks regularly.
Clean and Reseal Grout Periodically
Constant exposure to heat and moisture wears down the grout and sealant around the tiles over the bathtub or in a shower cubicle. Check these areas frequently, and ensure that there are no wears and cracks.
Dirt also tends to penetrate the grout and sealant as they’re made from porous materials. Regular cleaning prevents mold, mildew, and bacteria buildup. Resealing the grout also helps keep tiles firmly in place, so you don’t need to replace them frequently.
Check for Leaky Faucets and Pipes
An unfixed leaky faucet costs homeowners $30 per year while a pinhole leak on an indoor pipe wastes as much as $70 per month, according to Alert Labs. The more serious the problem and the longer you leave them alone, the more expensive they become. Regular maintenance checks help catch and fix issues before it’s too late.
Leaky pipes don’t just waste water and money, but they also leave unsightly marks on your bathroom walls and cause rust to develop faster on metal fixtures. The moisture from the broken pipe can introduce mold into the area, leading to more damage and health hazards.
The best way to deal with leaks is to nip them in the bud and prevent them from using pipe insulation and regular maintenance.
Look for Signs of Toilet Problems
Toilet problems happen once in a while in most homes. Common toilet issues include clogging, phantom flushing, and faulty flapper. Old toilets tend to develop more problems and need more repairs over time. However, new toilets can also malfunction if not used properly.
If your toilet doubles up as a trash can, expect to experience frequent clogging. Toilets are just not made to handle solid wastes, like diapers, sanitary pads, toilet paper, and wet wipes – even supposedly biodegradable ones.
Check under the Sink
Lots of things—leaks, molds, and health hazards—can be hiding underneath your bathroom sink, so give it a peep at least once a week. Underneath the sink, moisture can accumulate and gradually corrode pipes. Make it a habit to air out the sink closet to prevent molding and rusting.
Other things can also make a home in your sink closet. Regularly cleaning the area and spraying insect repellent prevent roaches and other pests from settling there.
Use Drain Covers
Drain covers prevent shower debris, like hair strands, dirt, and soap residue, from going down the drain and creating a block. When the drain cover is full, you can remove it, throw the debris in the trash, and put back the cover.
Clean the drain covers weekly using baking soda paste and a toothbrush to remove mineral buildups and rust. After drying them, wipe with baby oil or spray with WD-40 to restore their shine. You can do this to other chrome bathroom fixtures too.
Replace Old Fixtures
Old fixtures waste a lot of money and water. They’re not water-efficient, and they’re likely to have problems that result in leaks and expensive repairs. Checking whether your bathroom fixtures are up-to-date should be part of your maintenance routine.
For long-term savings, consider replacing your old toilet with a new, water-efficient sanicompact model with a macerator to pump out wastewater. Swap out standard showerheads and faucets for low-flow ones as well.
A Well-Maintained Bathroom
Most people visit the bathroom first thing in the morning. It’s an integral part of many people’s routine before they go to work or school. If you have to get up one morning on a workweek and find your bathroom flooding, it will put a wrench on your day. You’ll have to skip work to clean up the mess and call a plumber to fix the problem. That scenario can happen to you at any time if you don’t maintain your bathroom.