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Understanding The Water Junctions Of Your Bathroom

Jan 16, 2008
The prevention of water damage in most areas of your home is fairly easy, it just usually takes a bit of diligence on your part to make sure that the rest of your household helps you in this task. Preventing this damage from occurring is typically much, much easier to accomplish and cheaper than having to repair the damage after it has happened. Whether it is the discoloration of drywall from steam, damaged floorboards due to cracked tiles, or replacing vanities because of leaks under the sink, the cost of actually preventing this damage from happening usually hovers around zero. Since the bathroom is one of the most valuable areas of your home, you should do what you can to safeguard it.

Keeping an eye on the water junctions in your bathroom is something you will definitely want to do to protect the investment that is your bathroom. These junctions are the shower, bath tub, sink, and the toilet.

The steam that comes off of the bath tub and shower can cause damage to the upper walls and ceiling, so installing an exhaust fan to get rid of this excess moisture buildup is a pretty good idea. Any room in your home that has moisture buildup like this should have an exhaust vent so the vapor does not become absorbed by the ceiling.

Tile that has missing grout or tile that is cracked should be replaced as soon as possible, because this allows water underneath it and will cause damage to the floor boards. This can eventually become so bad that the floor underneath has to be replaced, so replacing a few individual tiles or filling in missing areas of grout is much easier than doing that level of repair.

Look for signs of moisture on the walls of your bathroom, since this could mean that there is a leak in the plumbing in the wall.

Even though you may not see these every day, keep a watch on the plumbing that is underneath your bathroom sink. Having leaks in these pipes can cause the bottom of a vanity to rot and need replacing or if the pipes are not hidden by a cabinet, you will have visible standing water on the bathroom floor.

You should also do what you can to make sure that the toilet does not get stopped up with excess toilet paper, feminine napkins, or other things that do not belong there. Toddlers are notorious for putting items in the toilet like toy cars, so purchasing a lid lock may be a good idea if you have any of these in your home on a regular basis.
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