Signs it is Time to Change Your Bathroom Fixtures
We suggest you change your fixtures if you notice the following:
If there is a strange odor coming from your bathroom fixtures it is most likely mold and mildew. As we talked about in our Drain Odors and What is Causing Them blog, there can be many different things causing that odor. But if you have mold or mildew, it is probably a good idea to replace them. Some types of mold can make you sick. You do not want to use water that has been contaminated by your fixtures.
The constant dripping is probably driving you crazy already. Valves and seals wear out over time, and it will happen sooner or later. Other culprits include corrosion and mineral deposits inside your fixture. Ignoring a leaky faucet or showerhead leads to wasted water and a higher water bill. It is in your best interest to get new bathroom fixtures soon after noticing the leak. Watch out for leaks in your toilet as well. Usually, a leaky toilet can be repaired but if it is a frequent, reoccurring problem you should think about replacing your toilet.
Rust and corrosion are another major indicator that you should start shopping. Corrosion happens after chemicals are introduced to your fixtures or can happen from age. Sooner or later, they will show outward signs of age. If left untreated corrosion can spread. Mineral build-up from hard water can also be a problem that contributes to rust.
Regular wear and tear can eventually lead to loose-fitting bathroom fixtures. Handles especially wear down over time, which is just the nature of moving parts. That said, if you notice something is loose, it should be replaced as soon as possible.
If the water pressure coming from your bathroom fixtures is not what it used to be, this could be a sign it is time to replace them. This could be due to degrading pipes, which may require a full pipe replacement. But other times, it could just be buildup clogging faucets or showerheads. There are tricks to clean these usually, but if the buildup is too far gone replacing them is always an option. Also, if you notice a smell or color from your water you could have rust transferred from rusty plumbing. This will require some diagnosing from a professional. Rust build-up will destroy your fixtures.
Or if you want to change the overall look of your bathroom, that is a good enough excuse to look into better fixtures. Your bathroom may not show any of the above signs, but if you cannot stand how outdated your current bathroom set up looks, changing the fixtures alone can make a world of difference.
At Valley Fire Protection & Plumbing we can help you take out and replace any bathroom fixtures you require. Contact us to get started!