If you live in an older home, chances are you will eventually experience some issues with outdated plumbing and fixtures. These issues usually manifest most often in the bathrooms, where you have not only a sink, but also a running toilet and bathtub or shower. Issues can can create moisture problems. These can range from need for basic routine maintenance or replacement to downright messy (and expensive) if you let them get out of hand. Here are a few signs that it might be time to start showing your bathroom a little TLC:
- Your faucets are difficult to control, sinks are chipped, toilet runs, or fixtures have other faulty quirks. Not only are they usually unsightly or a nuisance, but they have the potential to cause health issues, such as, if erosion causes debris to enter the water stream.
- Leaks or puddles found around the sink, toilet or bathtub. Most often these are easy fixes, but left alone, you could cause expensive damage to the floors and subfloors, which can open the door to health-damaging mold growth.
- Significant decrease in water flow from the sink, toilet and/or shower. Standing water that won’t drain normally could also indicate corroding pipes if a normal clog isn’t found to be the culprit.
- Rusty, slimy or smelly water. This could indicate that it’s time for a new water heater.
- Visible mold. Seeing mold on the walls, in the cracks, or around the pipes indicate that you have a moisture problem that needs fixed. DO NOT JUST PAINT OR CAULK OVER MOLD. If the mold has been ignored for a while and you can’t easily clean it, it may have penetrated the sheetrock or drywall and require a professional. Bleach can’t help you in this case.
Fixing moisture problems before they get out of hand is your best defense against expensive damage, while replacing fixtures is an easy way to give your bathroom an updated look.
If you aren’t quite sure whether you need professional help for a bathroom mold problem, give us a call and we will answer any questions you might have. We can also schedule you for a FREE, no-obligation mold inspection to help determine if further work is needed.