Is the caulking around the bathtub becoming brittle and causing water to leak in between the fixture and the wall? Mold and mildew will begin to form around the wet area and that is never a good thing. By the time you find the black stains on the wall or floor around the bathtub/shower area, much damage could have already occurred.
Remove the old caulking and thoroughly clean the areas affected with a 10% bleach solution and then let it completely dry before applying new caulking. If water is leaking around the tub drain when the stopper is engaged then it may be time to replace the bathtub drain assembly with a new one. Clogs often occur at the bathtub/shower drain, as well, that is why it is a good idea to place basket strainer screens over the entrance to the drain to prevent hair and soap scum from getting into the drain. Simply use a paper towel to wipe away any debris that collects at the screen after every use and toss it into the trash. Never flush it down the toilet drain.
What Should You Know to Prevent Costly Bathtub/Shower Plumbing Repairs?
Bathtub and shower drains are subject to hair build-up, soap scum, hard water deposits and neglect. All of which can contribute to a slow moving drain that will, in time, lead to a clogged drain. In this series we explore some of the most common reasons why this drain is plagued with plumbing problems and a few things to keep in mind to help prevent disrupting the household routine by this bothersome bathroom plumbing issue. It is possible to prevent a complete bathtub/shower drain shut down by following a few preventive measures.
- Hair, hair ties, bobby pins and toys: –First and foremost, use a screen over the drain to catch the obvious gunk and keep it out of the bathtub/shower drain. Hair that is allowed to pass beyond the drain screen, bobby pins and barrettes or rubber hair ties and ribbons can accumulate along the inside of the pipes or tangle around the mechanism within the drain. Always clean the hair and accessories, including small toys, from the drain screen after every bath or shower for best results.
- Soaps, conditioners and body cleansers: – Liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner and other body washing products can solidify and bar soap dissolves into a slimy solution that can coat the inside of drains, narrowing the passageway along the inside of the pipes. Keeping lids closed on bottles and removing small slivers of bar soap will go along way as a prevention measure to keep your bathroom plumbing free of potential clogs.
- Rust, calcium and lime deposits: – Everyone has some residual sediment in their water. More so if you have a well than if you rely on a municipal water source – calcium, lime and other hard water deposits do attach to the inside of bathtub/shower drains. Using a screen over the drain will not prevent small particles of sediment, minerals or rust from entering the drain, but add that to soap scum and hair and you have the ingredients that will cause a slow moving drain to become a clogged one.
When signs of sluggish bathtub drains and slow shower drains occur– act quickly to resolve this disaster waiting to happen. Use a plunger to get a slow moving drain flowing again or schedule a yearly bathroom drain inspection. It could possibly eliminate a call to a professional with an emergency bathroom plumbing problem in the future.
Are You Experiencing a Bathtub and Shower Plumbing Leak? We Can Fix It!
Gallons of water from a bathtub or shower faucet or showerhead leak can and will add up quickly from a steady and annoying drip, drip, drip. It will be evident on your water bill; worse yet, are the costly repairs to fix, floors, walls and ceilings if it occurs in an upstairs bathroom.
Have you noticed a puddle on the floor around your bathtub or shower stall? There is a good chance you have found a devastating and destructive bathroom plumbing leak. The plumbing for these fixtures is usually behind a wall or beneath the floor and plumbing repairs of this type remain the most costly a homeowner will face depending on how long the leak silently went undetected.
The best thing you can do is regularly check bathroom fixtures to make sure the shower base or tub have not developed a cracked, that caulking is still in place and doing its intended job and that no water mysteriously appears on the floor. If you do notice a fiberglass bathtub or shower stall has cracked it will be necessary to have the fixture replaced immediately.
If you are experiencing any type of bathtub/shower plumbing problems, we can help. Call today for a free evaluation from a licensed & highly trained plumber. We are available 24/7 and never charge a trip fee or overtime charge. We can get your bathroom plumbing moving.