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Keep Bath Fixtures In Good Shape Longer
All household fixtures have their lifespan before they show signs of deterioration. For those that are especially constantly exposed to water, continuous exposure can damage them over time. The most common victims of this are other bathroom amenities as they are regularly used and are always exposed to water during these times. While they may be made to endure water exposure, not all plumbing fixtures are created “equally” – that is, they are not entirely immune to water damage and some can get affected earlier or faster than others.
Over time, here are some problems that you may encounter due to water damage on your bathroom fixtures:
- Clogged showerheads, especially if coupled with hard water buildup around the openings in your shower head
- Soap scum or “soap curd” on tubs, showers and other surfaces
- Permanent damage to plumbing fixtures such as discoloration due to chemicals eating through the coating.
- Leakage which, when not addressed after long, can slowly damage areas where the water leaks
- Permanent damage to glass shower doors due to chemicals
- Increased water heater energy consumption
However, not all hope is lost. Despite the inevitability of water damage over time, you can prolong the usability and ‘life’ of your bathroom fixtures by using one or more of these several methods for maintaining your bathroom fixtures: water conditioning systems, reducing water pressure, and water heater maintenance.
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WAYS TO PROLONG YOUR BATH FIXTURES
Experts have said it: exposure to water damage can ruin household fixtures, and this rule doesn’t exempt plumbing and other amenities. Plumbing fixtures throughout your home, from your toilet and sink to your water heater, are made to endure water exposure, but not all are created equal. Some ‘live’ longer compared to others.
Of course many people want to know how they can get the most out of their plumbing and prolong the life of their fixtures. Here are the usual culprits and some tips on ways to help fixtures last longer and perform more efficiently:
Hard Water Problems
The damage hard water does to the plumbing in a home is insidious, cumulative, and devastating. Hard water which has a high mineral content, specifically magnesium and calcium.
Slowly, these minerals build up through the pipes, leaving the homeowners wondering why the water pressure in the home seems a lot lower and it seems to take a longer time to wash everything.
This is caused by the minerals which find their way out of the water and bind themselves together and become what is called scale or mineral deposits. Scale sticks to the interior of pipes, household appliances, and other surfaces throughout the home.
Mineral deposits are the culprit which damage your pipes and plumbing fixtures. These can show up as white film on your glasses when you take them out of the dishwasher or as a white residue on your faucets.
Hard water can cause:
- Clogged showerheads
- Permanent damage to glass shower doors
- Clogged water pipes
- Increased water heater energy consumption
- Damage to plumbing fixtures
Water Condition Systems
Water conditioning systems help in prolonging the life of your pipes, faucets, water heater, and other bathroom fixtures and appliances by reducing scale buildup. These systems also help in increasing the efficiency of these fixtures, ensuring that they function at their best regardless of age.
Reducing Water Pressure
One easy way of prolonging the life of your bathroom fixtures is by generally reducing the water pressure. Excessive water pressure can affect your plumbing fixtures because they are not able to handle high amounts of pressure.
If you hear clanging pipes or a banging noise often known as a water hammer, it is likely a sign of a high water pressure.
This way, you can delay the deterioration of your fixtures, while also taking part in water conservation. Add to that the decline in your water bill. That’s hitting three birds with a single stone!
Water Heater Maintenance
Water heaters usually contribute to the early decay of your bathroom fixture. As a matter of fact, they are usually affected by mineral buildup and corrosion and should be flushed out annually to get rid of sediment.
Water Heater Maintenance is essential, not only for comfort, but for it not to cause any additional problems in plumbing systems and bathroom fixtures. In due time, replacing your water heater is crucial before more problems or damages occur.
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