Looking for some quick fixes to improve your bathroom? No matter how big or small it is, there are five budget-friendly fixes that can be made in any bathroom.
New sink faucet
Even with a drip, replacing a leaky faucet will save water. A little drip overtime can waste many gallons of water. The cost of replacing your faucet will pay itself off many times in the savings from your water bill every month. Be sure to choose the faucet that matches the type of hole openings in your sink. There are a dizzying amount of options available, especially in finishes, so you should have no problem finding the right faucet for you.
Replacing the toilet
Another way to save water is to get a low-flow or water saver toilet. What are the signs that you should replace your toilet? If it’s having trouble flushing, you may want to check that it’s not a little piece of the mechanism that you can purchase from your local hardware store for a few dollars and install yourself with a little DIY know-how. But if there are more serious issues, like the bolts are coming out of the floor, or there are leaks of any kind, then you should contact a plumber to help you install a new unit.
Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to a home. That’s why maintaining the caulking around your shower or bathtub and sink – or flooring, if you have tiles – is so important. Water seeping into the sub-flooring or walls can cause a lot of damage over time. Even if the leak is small, since the bathroom is so often full of moisture, this “invisible” water condensates over time. This can lead to rotting and the growing of mold and mildew in places you can’t actually reach. Redoing caulking every so often when gaps are seen is an inexpensive fix to what can become a huge problem – it could even lead to gutting your bathroom!
Cracked tiles and/or deteriorating grout lines can lead to water seepage into the subflooring. Being not properly sealed can lead to mold or the rotting of the subflooring. It can eventually even lead to the rotting of the studs underneath. Also, if you find yourself consistently slipping as you get out of the shower, you may want to invest in some new flooring. There are many vinyl options that can even look like tile, but fit more securely together without actually having to caulk the lines.
If you’re short on storage space in your bathroom, adding built-in shelving is rather easy to do. As long as you build them between stud to stud, you’ll have solid and sturdy shelves built right into your walls. The extra storage these provide can be surprising. Even the smallest bathrooms can benefit from the addition. Built-in cabinetry can also be very useful in almost any bathroom, but require a considerably larger investment. Such a venture should probably be saved for a full remodel.