So, you’ve had your bathroom fixtures for quite a while now and you’re wondering how much longer they’re going to last. Should you hold off and let them run their course? Is it time for a major overhaul? Can a few of those minor blemishes or malfunctions be repaired without them costing you a fortune? These are all questions homeowners quite often ask themselves and we don’t blame you. Not everyone knows how to spot signs of failure or exactly how many years or uses they’ll get out of a shower or bathtub. Well, that’s what we’re here for! See below to learn about a few key signs that will indicate it’s time to replace your shower or tub.
Issues With Shower Doors: have shower doors that are constantly giving you a problem? Maybe they don’t slide easily anymore or maybe the glass is chipped or cracked. Well, if these problems aren’t addressed early on, they will only get worse over time — until they fail altogether. Even small cracks or chips can expand over time and you could be left with a bathroom full of glass if you’re not careful.
Water Spots & Leaks: notice water pooling on the floor in the bathroom or wet spots on the walls surrounding the shower? Neither of these situations are ideal as they are major warning signs that you’ve got a leak. While in some cases it could just mean you need to reapply some caulk around the edges of the shower, other times it could mean the pipes behind the wall have sprung a leak. Keep a close eye out for irregular water spots around the shower and notify a professional plumber right away if you see anything out of the ordinary.
Severe Stains & Rust: if you don’t spend time performing routine maintenance around the shower, especially when it comes to cleaning, your tiles and any hardware associated with your shower can attract stains and/or rust. Minor stains, mildew or water spots can usually be cleaned with a bathroom cleaning solution and a scrub brush, but once they become severe, there may be no turning back. Also keep in mind that rust only gets worse over time and badly rusted fixtures can fail at just about any moment.
It’s Not Holding Water: while a fancy bathtub can make a bathroom look elegant and unique, it’s real purpose is to function properly. If it seems to lose water each time you fill it up, or you notice a puddle of water on the floor, it’s not doing its job. Whether there’s a leak in the tub itself, or in the drain, you’ll likely need to replace it.
It Won’t Get Clean: if you have a bathtub, you probably noticed a ring around the bottom in the shape of the tub at one point or another. If you were able to scrub the ring away and it looked as good as new again, there’s no reason to go shopping for a new tub. But if the ring just won’t disappear and you’re starting to notice stains around the drain or the faucet, too, it may be time to get rid of that one and search for a new one.
It’s Difficult To Use: bathtubs should get you clean, but they should also be relaxing. If you find yourself struggling to get in and out of the tub, or it’s simply not comfortable to sit or lay in it, you owe it to yourself to find a more pleasing option. With so many models to choose from today, there’s something for every body and every budget.
Ready to replace your shower or tub, but don’t know where to begin? That’s where we come in! When you choose one of our professionals to handle your installation service, you can trust that we’re going to handle it with ease. We can even handle the most important jobs as well, including things like pressure regulator valves, water lines, sewer and drain lines, and so much more.
We take creative and modern approaches to your new plumbing installation needs so you can rest easy and know that everything is done right and up to the latest safety standards. Call the professional plumbers at Aztec Plumbing & Drains today: 239-212-0299.
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