January is National Bath Safety Month, is your home safe from bath water damage?
January is National Bath Safety Month, and though safe bathing practices are of the utmost importance for you and your family, what about your homes safety against water damage caused by your bath? The very nature of your shower or bathtub makes them at risk for leaks, causing damage over days, months, and sometimes years. Less visible leaks which leak over longer periods of time are the number one cause of mold in a bathroom, with improper ventilation being the second. The following are some tips to keep your home safe against bath and shower leaks:
- Replace showers or tubs with cracks or other damage; even hairline cracks can allow water to seep in and cause damage.
- Grout and caulk help prevent water from seeping into walls and floors, so repair them if they are chipped, cracked, or deteriorating.
- Replace torn shower curtains or shower doors with seals that no longer work.
- Dry the floor and drain water from the tub immediately after use to prevent damage from sitting water.
- Be sure to turn on your exhaust fan every time you shower or use the tub, as the fan helps pull excess moisture out of the air (and out of your walls!). It will help keep your bathroom dry, preventing bubbly drywall and mold growth.
You can’t always keep disaster from occurring, but prevention and being pro-active are a step in the right direction of protecting your home. In the case of emergency or if you suspect water damage from your tub, call SERVPRO of Alachua County West and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”