With warmer weather finally here, it’s time for you to perform a little spring maintenance. Your bathroom could likely use a refresh. Follow these tips to eliminate mildew, prevent clogs, and save water.
Run the Exhaust Fans
If you’ve noticed mold and mildew in your bathroom, this means the humidity is too high. Mold thrives in damp conditions. While you can kill mold using tea tree oil, it will quickly return if you don’t take the necessary preventive measures.
While taking showers, always remember to keep your exhaust fans running. This simple step will help prevent moisture buildup. Cracking your bathroom window will also allow fresh air to circulate.
Prevent Bathroom Clogs
When you don’t perform the recommended maintenance, your bathtub’s drain is far more likely to clog. Installing a mesh drain will make blockages less likely to occur. This feature helps prevent hair and other debris from collecting inside the drain pipe.
It’s also a good idea to develop a habit of flushing your drain every week. After boiling water in a tea kettle or pot, slowly pouring in down the drain. The hot water will help eliminate built-up gunk, including soap and oils.
Install Water-Saving Fixtures
Old fixtures can waste hundreds of gallons of water every year, which translates to a higher utility bill. The extra water consumption is also bad for the environment. When shopping for new bathroom fixtures, look for ones that have a WaterSense label. They have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient.
Remove Soap Scum
Soap scum can harbor bacteria, which quietly puts your family at risk of getting sick. Scum can also make your bathroom look far less appealing. After taking a shower, immediately wipe out the tub with a shower. This is a simple way to prevent the buildup of soap scum.
When dealing with hardened scum, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water to get rid of it. Allow this paste to sit on the problem spots for about 20 minutes, which will soften them up for easy removal.
You don’t have to wait for a plumbing problem to contact the pros at Always Plumbing Heating and Air. Our plumbing maintenance services will get ahead of issues before they happen. To schedule your appointment, call (949) 523-1992.