How much do you really know about your bathroom? Or to be more specific the water that flows there and all of the plumbing that goes into making a bathroom function? Probably less than you think and what you don’t know could cost you dearly, especially if you intend to sell the home soon.
All too often things look good on the surface, but unseen trouble is lurking, trouble likely to be discovered during a home inspection that could derail a possible sale, Here are some of the things you should know about your bathroom that you may not.
Have a drain that keeps clogging up, and yet the problem is seemingly solved when you pour some of that ‘Supa Dupa Drain Cleaner’ down the pipes? The bad news it’s not solving the problem it is merely masking it. And the more often you throw a chemical concoction at the problem you are probably unknowingly making things even worse. A clogged drain can overflow at anytime, leading to all kinds of water damage, so make the investment in calling in a plumber to investigate the problem rather than keep throwing money down the drain (almost literally) with ‘quick fixes’.
Noticed a bit of water around the base of your toilet but it’s such a small amount that you haven’t really been bothered enough by it to investigate any further? And now that you are staging the home for sale you’ll just put a rug down, as it’s such a tiny thing.
That’s a big, and potentially costly mistake. There should NEVER be water there, so if there is it’s an early warning sign of a problem. It may be that the tank is not functioning properly, that the toilet itself has become unseated or one of a dozen other problems. And whether you choose to try and diagnose the problem yourself or call in the pros to do it for you the one thing you should never do is turn a blind eye to the situation.
Deodorize with Care
You know those fancy in toilet deodorants that are so popular right now? The ones that are designed to hang down into the bowl and provide a constant stream of lovely smells when the toilet is flushed to counteract the, well, not so nice ones? While the idea is a nice enough one actually using them is often not a good one. They increase the chance of a toilet clog, especially in eco friendly low flow toilets, so stick to using an old fashioned spray air freshener instead.
Is the paint on your bathroom walls peeling a little bit , or the wallpaper coming away from the walls? Most of the time that is not the sign of paint aging or a cheap wallpaper paste gone wrong, but that your bathroom is just too moist, and that moisture is slowly causing water damage. And the bad news is that what lies behind may very well be mould, mould that is eating away at the walls.
After you have had that checked out (and remedied as necessary) make sure that your bathroom has a good, fully functional exhaust fan and that it is switched on whenever the bathroom is in use.