With constant use, bathrooms can deteriorate and eventually no longer serve your needs. The issues that arise can be anything from mold and mildew, to ulgy, outdated fixtures. Right now, you can probably picture exactly what areas of your bathroom are in need of the most TLC. Let’s talk more about the most common signs that it’s time to remodel your bathroom:
- Stains, peeling, cracks, or missing grout
- Leaks, running water, or high water bills
- Mold, mildew, or humidity
- Safety issues
- Outdated fixtures or design
Below, we’ll go over these signs so that you know how to handle them going forward.
Stains, peeling, cracks, or missing grout
These bathroom problems may seem minor and like something that you can fix as a do it yourself project. Even though this might be true at the moment, these minor issues can quickly snowball into bigger ones. Eventually, this could lead to structural damage and can be costly. Don’t let it get to this point! If you have already caulked that crack for the third time, this is your sign to talk to a professional!
Leaks, running water, or high water bills
With how cold it gets in Wisconsin during the winter months, the last thing you want is leaking pipes. You’ll want to address any leaks or plumbing issues as soon as possible to make sure that you don’t create compounding damage. These leaks can be visible or also hidden inside of your walls. It is best to have a professional plumber look at your bathroom to work on leak repair, preventing flooding or other major damage.
High water bills can be the result of these leaking pipes or running water. Again, make sure that you are talking with a professional in these situations to prevent further damage and to save you money down the road.
Mold, mildew, or humidity
Every bathroom should have an effective way of removing heat and humidity. If small spots of mold are growing on your ceiling, that likely means that your bathroom fan isn’t running properly. Mold and mildew in your bathroom could cause health issues if not taken care of quickly, bathroom mold can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. Don’t wait to fix this issue! Scrubbing off mold and mildew each time will not prevent it from coming back, you’ll need a new fan that works.
Mold and mildew are some of the safety issues that you can often see in a bathroom that needs a remodel. But, there are more common safety concerns in bathrooms than you might think.
If your drain is getting clogged often, it can lead to an overflow in a sink or water damage to the rest of your bathroom. If it’s hair, run a snake through the pipes to clear the drain. But it could also be pipe buildup that can lead to leaks as mentioned before. If your house has been updated within the last 30 years, the likelihood of lead pipes is low. But if you have any doubt, call a professional plumbing company to have it tested.
Today, most people are looking to find a home that will be able to age with them. That goes hand-in-hand with your bathroom design. If you have a step-in tub, it can lead to slips and falls. We’d love to talk with you to see whether a walk-in tub or walk-in shower would be the best option for you!
Outdated fixtures or design
Eventually, most people want to update their bathroom design. This could involve the “aging in place” vision that most homeowners are looking for today. Aging in place means that you are looking for a home that meets your needs at all stages of life. For example, if you have a step-in tub or shower, it might be time to start looking to replace that with a walk-in option that fits your needs and style.
This same style that you have can also involve the overall look of your bathroom. It’s important that you can find a professional that understands your vision and can help you to create it. You’ll also want to make sure that they work with your existing space and budget as they design your new bathroom layout.
Let’s get to work!
If you said yes to any of these signs that you should remodel your bathroom, call a professional to take a look! At Watters Plumbing we’re always here to help with 24/7 emergency service, bath remodeling, and bathroom conversions. Let us know how we can be of service!