It isn’t something you would automatically think about when you are doing little jobs around your home, but bathroom maintenance is about as important as clearing out your guttering in the Autumn and clearing the pathway of snow in the Winter. In fact, you could be left with a huge expensive mess, if you fail to keep on top of bathroom jobs.
The smallest leak in the bathroom, coming from pipework behind the toilet, sink or bath could lead to damp issues, rotting floors, damaged floors and ceilings and worse. Add to that the importance of keeping your electrics in good shape, checking for condensation and ensuring your plumbing is up to scratch and you have a list of bathroom DIY jobs which are best kept on top of.
You should remove your bath panel at least every year (especially after cold winters when your pipes could freeze) and check the pipe connections to make sure they are not leaking. Make sure there are no signs of previous leaks, such as damp patches on the floor and then run the taps to see if there are any current leaks. Tighten any loose fittings or call a plumber for anything major.
Do the same types of checks behind your bathroom basin and the toilet. If you have access to the pipework associated with your shower, you should check that as well.
This should be done on a regular basis. Simply checking your ceilings, walls and windows for signs of damp, mould or peeling paint can give you an early heads-up that your bathroom is suffering from condensation issues. It might be a case of opening your windows more often or buying an extractor fan, but prevention is much better than the cure which could be replacing entire sections of wall.
Check your tiling and grouting to see if there are any sections which could be replaced. Loose grout can lead to water seeping behind your bath or into the wall and this will cause mould and serious condensation issues in the bathroom and elsewhere.
Take the time to clean your electrical items in the bathroom at least monthly. A bathroom can be a hot and humid place and dust will tend to collect on things easily. This dust can cause malfunctions when it comes to electrical items.
Vacuum your extractor fan as the blades will often have a collection of dust which may mean it isn’t working well. This can lead to problems with condensation (see above).
Light fittings and electric points should also be kept clean to ensure that they are working well. Light fittings will emit less light if they are coated with sticky dust.
Have an electrician come and give your electric shower the once over at least annually. Electric showers are generally very safe, but it only takes a small problem to cause serious harm to a person. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Ensuring that your bathroom is a safe place is a priority for anyone. The heat of your water is probably the single most important part of doing this. You should test the temperature of your water at regular intervals to ensure that your water heater in your tank is working correctly. It is also wise to check that your hot water tank does not have faults. This might be a job for a plumber if you are unsure.
Finally take a good look at your whiteware and flooring to see if there are any hazards. This means checking the toilet is attached to the wall, the sink is not likely to topple over and there are no broken or sharp edges on your floor tiles.