If the answer is yes, you might want to think of it as an opportunity for a larger bathroom remodel. Failing tile grout doesn’t just look bad, it often leads to larger problems, like mildew and mold, loose tiles, and more serious water damage if water gets behind surface materials and compromises structural elements of your bathroom. The same goes for areas where old caulk is giving way (though this is an easier fix). It is true that you can remove old grout and re-grout old tile if you choose to, but it is laborious work, and many homeowners see it as an opportunity to embrace a larger remodel given the amount of work that it entails. If you’re going to get your hands dirty (or pay somebody to do it for you), why not replace that old, boring, subway tile with a new design, and upgrade your outdated bathroom fixtures at the same time?
If the answer to this question is yes, then you might want to think about a new bathroom remodel (or at least replacing your shower/tub fixture). The truth is, the days of having to leap out of the way of hot and cold streams of water is a thing of the past where modern bathroom fixtures are concerned. New shower fixtures and faucets have systems built in to prevent these kind of temperature imbalances, enabling everybody in your home can take care of business without ruining each other’s day. Here are a few other signs that you might be ready for an upgrade when it comes to your basic bathroom fixtures:
- Your tub or sink plugs are missing or no longer seal
- You have separate hot and cold knobs on your bathtub or shower fixture
- Your tub faucet leaks when you shower
- Your sink faucet is missing the pull valve
- Your sink and/or tub doesn’t have a safety drain
If you answered yes to this question, you should be thinking minor repairs, if not a full-scale remodel. Why? Household leaks account for nearly 1 trillion gallons of wasted water in the United States every year, and even a small household leak can waste more than 90 gallons of water in a single day. If that doesn’t get your attention, then maybe this will: fixing a leaky faucet can decrease your water by bill by as much as 10% annually. Leaks can be caused by a number of issues, including worn toilet flappers, worn faucet valves, and blown washers, to name a few. Not only will a remodel eliminate those costly leaks, but technology has come a long way since those old fixtures and appliances were installed in your home decades ago. Here’s a few energy saving products that you’ll want to consider if your leaky faucets have you leaning towards a larger bathroom makeover:
- Low Flush Toilets
- Dual Flush Toilets
- Low Flow Shower Heads
- Water Saving Faucets
- Shower Thermostats
- Steam Showers
If the answer this question is YES, then you should be thinking bathroom remodel ASAP. There are a host of reasons that signs of mold, mildew, and water damage might be showing in your bathroom, and none of them are good. They include . . .
- Poor ventilation
- Leaking tubs, toilets, showers, and faucets
- Failing caulk, grout, and other waterproofing measures
- Hidden plumbing failures
While signs of mold, mildew, and water damage are certainly an eyesore, the underlying causes behind them can lead to much bigger problems for homeowners. Visible signs of mold and mildew are often just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true extent of the problem, and serious mold and mildew buildup can lead to a number of health issues, including respiratory distress, chronic irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, and even more serious immune system disorders. Beyond that, ignoring signs of water damage can lead to serious structural issues in your bathroom if the underlying source of the water isn’t identified and addressed.