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One of the most frequently used spaces in your home is certainly your bathroom. In order for the bathroom fixtures to function, water is needed. Sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs all need plumbing in order to work. These fixtures will wear through the years and become susceptible to loosened connections, damage, and corrosion. Sadly, with all the water as well as all the potential problems, bathrooms are generally incredibly prone to water damage. Read below to see a few ways that you can help prevent water damage from occurring in your bathroom, as recommended by our water damage restoration specialists.

Keeping drains clear and clean
When drains become blocked or clogged, they interrupt the flow of water, likely causing overflow and flooding. Soap scum, hair, and grime are all common causes of bathroom drain clogs. There is no way to avoid these things going down your sink and shower drain. However, we can do our best to minimize what and how much in reality goes down the drain. Drain guards and shields are reasonably priced items you can purchase and install over your drain in order to filter what can and cannot go down it. They generally filter soap scum, grime, and hair that we can wipe to remove instead of having them run down the drain and eventually cause a clog. Use commercial drain cleaner or a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water to clean out drains periodically. This assists in the reduction of clogs as well as the prevention of excessive build up forming inside the drainpipe.

Avoid overworking your toilet
Toilets are prone to frequent clogging and overflowing, which is a messy issue that absolutely no one wants to have to face. By being careful about how much paper you put down your toilet and not flushing any element other than toilet paper, we can spare you the bother of toilet water flood cleanup. Sanitary napkins and similar personal hygiene products should only be disposed of in the garbage and never down the toilet as they may trigger blockages.  Another important aspect is toilet water level. If the water level is too high, or too low, there may be a drainage issue somewhere. It is crucial to teach any small children the importance of never flushing anything down the toilet and to keep an eye on them in regards to this issue.

Regularly inspecting shower and tub
Caulk and grout are essential players both in sealing fixtures as well as in keeping water from leaking out of your tub or shower, causing water damage in your bathroom. If you observe a caulk or grout that is cracked, chipped, or deteriorating, we will repair it. In order to avoid leaks, caulk should be reapplied every couple of years. If there are areas in your tub or shower with cracks or other damage, it is important to have them corrected as soon as possible. Be sure to keep showers and tubs as free as possible of buildup that could potentially wash down and clog the drain.

Regularly checking your plumbing
Pipes begin to rust and corrode as they age, triggering leaks as time passes. Ensure regular inspection of pipes to check for any signs indicating leakage.  Water spots or stains, warping on floors, bubbling on walls, and musty smells are some of the most common signs of water damage from leaky pipes.  We will inspect the faucet supply lines that run below bathroom vanities as well as the connections behind the toilet to ensure no water is leaking in either place.

Consistent, routine bathroom maintenance and inspections will assist in greatly reducing the risks of expensive water damage restoration as well as assist you in locating any issues sooner rather than later.  Whether in your bathroom or another space in your home, flood cleanup, flood restoration, and any other water damage restoration must be done ASAP.  Cleaning Consultants & Restoration are specialists in water damage restoration, providing services in the Bartlett area 24/7 to take action as quickly as possible.

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