Bathrooms, no matter how big or small, should be strategically located and well-thought out. It should function with various users in mind. Gone are the days when there is only one bathroom for every two or three bedrooms in the house. Bathrooms today need to look elegant and beautiful, serve the users’ functionality, and be space efficient.
Renovating or adding features to your house is one of the most creative and exciting home projects. However, that responsibility also comes with the pressure to ensure that informed decisions are made. Having this bathroom remodel checklist before a renovation will help avoid common bathroom mishaps, get the right design to fit your lifestyle, maximize return on investment, and stay within the allotted budget.
Most people, when they visit your home, tend to check countertops. Nobody wants to see a cluttered countertop with bottles, containers, and jars of all sizes. Soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and towels without proper storage in the bathroom are also not a good sight to see.
Dispose of things you no longer need in the bathroom and assign proper storage for each item. For smaller bathrooms, install overhead shelves and cabinets to maximize vertical space.
No outside view
Nobody likes the idea of a damp and dark bathroom with horrible circulation. No one likes to be in a space where it feels like they’re trapped inside. If you are remodeling or building a bathroom, place it in on an outside wall with windows. If that is not an option, install an operable skylight. This will let natural light and fresh air in, making the space more bright and comfortable.
Leaky bathroom fixtures
Stains on the bathroom fittings are an indicator of problems with the internal components. This problem is one of the common bathroom mishaps that tends to be overlooked.
What most homeowners do not realize is that most fittings made of plastic, like brass fittings, can get easily damaged. So it is important to check if the fittings are working properly or not.
When there are leaky shower heads, faucets, or any other fixtures, contact a professional plumber immediately.
Dirty and loose tiles
If the tiles are old, you will notice that the grout gets darker and they are difficult to remove. It means that the top coating on the tiles is gone. Look for signs of any loose or cracked tiles. There should be no hollow spaces if the tiles are set correctly. Loose tiles mean problems with the installation and they should be replaced immediately to avoid any bathroom accidents.
Clogged drainage is one of the common bathroom mishaps most homeowners face. Waste and debris can get lodged in the drains and can cause further problems, like leaks, dirty water, and low drainage. It can also cause the toilet to stop flushing the way it should.
Unclogging most drains can be done with some DIY solutions like table salt, baking soda, or vinegar then flushing it out with hot water. Plungers can also be used to remove the blockage. However, if the drains are still clogged, contact a plumber immediately. They will be able to fix the problem permanently and avoid any plumbing problems in the future.
Leaks will always happen and they are very difficult to repair. There will be areas in the home that will be affected, like the ceiling. To avoid this problem, you need to water-test the toilet a day before installing the finish. Consult with your contractor or architect if you notice any leaks in the bathroom and other areas in the house.
Bathroom fixtures like showerheads and faucets are prone to issues like hard-water stains. Regardless of their composition, if these fixtures are not cleaned, your plumbing system may be compromised. This can lead to further problems that may be more expensive to fix.
There are various ways to clean bathroom fixtures depending on what they are made of. Use vinegar to clean those made of chrome, steel or metal. Water is the best cleaning agent for fixtures made of bronze or brass. Cleaning products can also be used for all types of bathroom fixtures.
Always think twice before renovating, relocating, or adding a new bathroom. It is important to consult a licensed sanitary engineer, a professional contractor, or an architect before making any decisions. Installing plumbing lines can be costly and if not done properly, can lead to accidents. The experts at Johnson Plumbing are equipped with the proper knowledge to handle common bathroom mishaps and how to avoid them. Contact us today.