Splish Splash And All That: An ABC Guide To Warding Off Water Damage In The Bathroom

Posted on: 10 February 2016

In a room where almost every action revolves around water, it is only natural that the bathroom would be one of the first places in the house to have problems with excess moisture or water damage. As a homeowner, you may not even be all that surprised when you see mold, mildew, or deterioration in the bathroom of the house. Even though you cannot eliminate the functional water in your bathroom, what you can do is get proactive about prevent water problems from ever being an issue. There is a simple ABC guide that you can follow to ensure that water damage in your bathroom is never a big issue.

Address ventilation issues in the bathroom immediately.

If you do not have any ventilation in your bathroom, all the steam from hot showers and moisture that saturates the air during a bath will have nowhere to go and this could lead to water and moisture damage on drywall, ceilings, and wood. Make sure your bathroom has at the minimum a window that you can open to allow moisture out, but it is always best if you have a ventilation fan installed that withdraws the moist air out of your bathroom and funnels it outdoors. 

Bring outdated bathroom commodities up to date.

The old saying goes, if it's not broke, why fix it? However, in a room where water is an intrinsic factor, it is always worth updating to new fixtures if they are outdated. Modern bathroom fixtures are much more economically engineered, with features that are designed to keep water where it should be, whether it is inside of the tub or sink. The perfect example is the overflow drains on modern sinks, which are not always a feature of antiquated models. Take a look around your bathroom and make sure the fixtures you have are up to date. 

Check out sealant features around your bathtub and shower.

If there is one spot in the bathroom where water damage can be a big problem, it is around the tub and shower. If the caulking around your tub is chipped and missing, it allows water from wet feet and splashing kids to seep right down into the wooden sub floor, which can lead to costly damage in a very short amount of time. If you have shower doors, make sure that the doors are adequately sealed and positioned to prevent water leakage as well. Contact a company like All Care if you need help with water damage restoration.