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Toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs all require plumbing to work. As these fixtures wear over time, they are susceptible to corrosion, loosened connections, and damage. Unfortunately, with all the water and all the potential problems, we at Daystar Cleaning hate to say that bathrooms are very prone to water damage. No need to despair; here are some ways that you can help prevent water damage from occurring in your bathroom in Panama City Beach.
Keep drains clean and clear
When drains get blockages or clogs, it disrupts the flow of water, leading to overflow and flooding. Soap scum, grime, and hair are all common culprits of drain clogs in bathrooms. Since you cannot avoid these things going down your sink and shower drain, what you can do is help to minimize what actually makes it down the drain. Drain shields and guards are inexpensive purchases that you place over the drain to filter what can and cannot go down them. They catch hair and excess soap scum and grime so you can wipe them down instead of letting them run down the drain where they can build up and eventually cause clogs. You should also clean out drains periodically with commercial-grade drain cleaner or a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. This will prevent too much build-up from forming inside the drainpipe and help reduce the risk of clogs.
Do not overwork your toilet
When toilets clog and overflow, it creates a messy problem. Save yourself the trouble of toilet water damage restoration by watching how much you are putting down your toilet. Make sure that you are not putting too much toilet paper down the toilet, and do not flush anything other products. Sanitary wipes and other personal hygiene products should be thrown away in the garbage; not flushed down the toilet where they can cause blockages. You should also pay attention to the water level in your toilet. If it is too low, or too high, there could be a drainage problem somewhere. If you have small children in your home, be sure to teach them not to flush anything down the toilet, and keep a close watch on them.
Inspect your shower and tub regularly
Grout and caulk are key players in sealing fixtures and keeping water from leaking out of the shower and tub. If you notice that caulk or grout in your bathroom is chipped, cracked, or deteriorating, repair it right away. You should consider reapplying caulk every few years to avoid any leaks. If there are any cracks or other damaged areas in your shower or tub, get them corrected before letting the water run in that area. Keep tubs and showers clean from build-up that could wash down the drain.
Keeping up with routine maintenance in your bathroom, and performing regular inspections will help reduce the risk of water damage and help you find it sooner if there is a problem. If you do happen to suffer from water damage in your home in Panama City Beach, whether in your bathroom or anywhere else in your home, the team at Daystar Cleaning and Restoration is ready 24/7, 365 days to help minimize water damage and restore your property.