Everyone knows that bathrooms are some of the most essential rooms in a house. Realtors always tell sellers to spruce up the bathrooms to grab buyers’ attention. Currently, Zillow is reporting an average return on investment of over 70% on a bathroom remodel. So you know that your money is well spent on those new fixtures and paint color you have been contemplating. But before you start making cosmetic changes, consider how you could be harming the functionality of your bathroom and how to correct those significant issues. Addressing both of these problems is the best way to make the most of your bathroom and your remodeling investment.
Feeling Like A Sauna Is Not A Good Thing
Even if you love a steamy hot shower, you could be creating some very costly damage in your bathroom. From a damage perspective, all that steamy moisture is sure to be harming the paint. If you see peeling or chipping paint on the walls and ceiling, the issue is too much steam. The same damage will occur on any other painted surfaces like cabinetry, closet doors, or even décor features.
The same steam you love to moisten your skin is also pumping moisture into your drywall and woodwork. Wood products will begin to swell and warp when exposed to too much humidity and moisture. In addition, the steam will take days to dry out. And in that time, you are likely to see the beginning of mold and mildew growth. When this fungus takes hold, it can be tough to eliminate. And those with allergies or sensitivity to mold spores can begin to experience mild to severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, coughing, and congestion.
If you don’t have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, put that at the top of your to-do list. And if you have one but are not a fan of using it, decide if all that steam is worth the damage it is causing in your bathroom and the decrease in your home’s value.
Beware Of What You Flush
When you read many packages, from moist wipes to feminine hygiene items, they claim to be flushable for your convenience. But truth in advertising is not what it used to be. Sure, many of those items will fit down the toilet drain. But that is about as far as they go. Toilet paper is specifically created to disintegrate in seconds. However, all other paper products begin to absorb water and swell. That process makes all items except toilet paper perfect for creating costly toilet clogs.
Then there are the mishaps and simple choices that we all deal with every day. For example, something falls into the toilet, and you opt to flush it away instead of reaching in and removing it. Or the choice is even less thoughtful; you throw dental flow, a used tissue, or a cotton ball in the toilet rather than taking it to a trash can. Unfortunately, all of these hasty choices are going to create a massive plumbing bill when raw sewage is backing up into your home.
Making The Problem Worse
When you discover a drain clog, it is easier to dump in some chemical drain cleaner than invest the time calling in a plumber. But in the long run, the damage to the drains caused by the chemicals could far exceed the cost of many drain cleaning appointments. So never dump any caustic acid into your home’s drain lines.
For professional help to correct any issues with your bathroom’s plumbing, call (720) 740-0452. The pros at Royal Services Plumbing are here for any emergency you encounter.