Toilet and shower maintenance

seal-bath-heroBathroom maintenance involves more than just a general clean. Such maintenance is necessary to avoid expensive damages and repairs. When doing bathroom maintenance, shower and toilet should always be on top of your list


Shower maintenance

For showers, having a good seal is vital. If you have tiles, ensure the grout is solid and not full of holes or missing in some spots. If the sealing is worn and allows water to get behind the tile or the vinyl walls, it may cause costly damage. Sealing and grout prevents these costly expenses by ensuring water leaves through the drain. Sealing at least once year, should be substantial however, if you see any leaks or areas where it has worn out it is best to seal it immediately.  

In the shower you may find soap scum and mildew forming on your shower head despite regular cleaning. An easy way to fix this is to fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and secure over your shower head with a rubber band. Make sure that your entire shower head is covered by the vinegar. After 12-24 hours you can remove it and the vinegar should have dissolved, leaving a sparkling shower head. If you have a shower curtain, it is best to soak it in salt water for a chemical free way to avoid mildew. To avoid soap scum build up in the shower, clean your glass shower doors and grouting regularly.  

Most common shower problems:

  • Clogged shower head
  • Shower leaks
  • Temperature fluctuations  
  • Toilet Maintenance

Most people avoid toilet maintenance which can lead to bigger problems down the road. To avoid costly damages and repairs there are a few maintenance requirements. Make sure to use a good brush and toilet cleaner at least once a week. A plunger can be used for any blockages that may occur. If you find stains or brown rings forming in your toilet bowl then use a pumice stone to remove the problem.  

Apart from these basic maintenance requirements, there are bigger necessary requirements. Often, small amounts of water will begin to seep out from the base. This is an early sign that the sealing ring is worn or no longer viable and bigger leaks are on their way. Regularly open the back of the toilet to see if everything looks to be in good shape. If the water level seems off, or the floatation device isn't floating, or something just doesn't seem right, it is recommended to call a registered plumber.

Common toilet problems

  • Toilet fill valve failure- commonly from wear and tear over time
  • Defective flapper which causes leaks
  • Toilet blocks

By Melissa Brown for IOPSA