Signs That It Is Time to Get a New Bathtub

A bathtub is not just a place where you take a shower but also a place where you can unwind after a long day at work. You can just slide in and sip a drink on a lit candle, read a book, or even fall asleep while some cool music plays in the background. However, this can be difficult if the bathtub has some issues like excessive stains, cracks, leaks, mold, and mildew. Upon seeing any of these signs, do not wait any longer or for any other sign; it is time to have your bathtub replaced. This article gives details regarding signs that show it is time for a new bathtub.

  • Leaks

Leaks in any part of the house are dangerous; leaks coming from a bathtub are no different. The leaking water causes moisture accumulation in the house, making the quality of your living a mess.

Mold and scale on old bathroom walls
Excessive moisture from leaking bathtubs may also result in the growth of mold and mildew, and these will affect your health. Water from the leaking bathtub may also result in structural damage by making the framing wood rot. Water from a leaking bathtub may also be the reason you are spending so much money on energy bills. This is because when moisture accumulates in the house, it becomes a good conductor of heat and loses the energy meant for heating the house to the outside. If you see some buildup of puddles on the bathtub, then it is very clear that the bathtub is leaking. If you are still not sure, fill the bathtub with water and let it sit for an hour. If you notice a drop in the level of water, your bathtub is leaking.

  • Mold and Mildew

The frequent use of hot water produces lots of steam and moisture in the bathroom. There does not have to be leaking for mold and mildew to grow; moisture and warmth are enough catalysts. Mold not only looks bad, but it is also a health risk to you and your family. Upon inhaling the musty air or the spores, the airways of a person with a compromised immune system produce so much mucus that makes breathing impossible. Mold and mildew also pose safety risks because upon rotting, your framing may come down crumbling on you anytime. When growing on the floor, you may slide and sustain some serious bodily injuries.

  • Too Old

Some of us inherited the houses we live in from our parents, which means that we need to replace some things, a bathtub being one of them. Very old bathtubs will eventually start showing aging signs that include cracking and the sealant peeling off. No matter how much you try to repair cracks on a bathtub, they will never go away completely. The cracks will come back soon and this time they will be worse than before. Very old bathtubs will also be hard to clean since they are prone to many stains when the sealant peels off.

  • Excessive Stains

It is common for bathtubs to stain from soap foams and dirty water when they are not cleaned often. However, it is uncommon for a bathtub to have excess stains even after you have thoroughly cleaned its surface. If your bathtub has such stains that are hard to clean, it simply means that it is time you replaced your current bathtub with a new one. This is because so many stains that are very hard to remove are a sign that your bathtub is too old and the sealant has come off. Such stains are not just disgusting; they may also be a health and safety hazard for you and your family. Stains can act as a haven for bacteria growth, which could make you and your family sick. Since stains are sticky, you could slide and take a fall and this could leave you with serious injuries.

  • Difficult Fitting In 

If your current bathtub was bought before you were born or is the same age as you are, chances are that you have now outgrown it. Using a smaller bathtub could be very uncomfortable and tiring because it means that some body parts such as arms or the legs would be left hanging out of the bathtub.

Changing a bathtub is a process that involves quite some money. What this means is that you should buy a quality bathtub to avoid changing it often. There are now several new trends in bathtubs that can even make your maintenance process a bliss.