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Easy Bathroom Repair

by HomeRepairExpert.com
It's usually taken for granted, but the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home -- and like any room, can fall into disrepair over time. So how can you keep bathroom repairs from becoming major, expensive renovations? Here are a few simple ways you can perform cheap, preventative maintenance on your own:

1. Inspect valves and pipes. Regularly checking the seals -- at least once or twice per year -- at the base of the toilet and underneath the sink can minimize the chance of leakage. Replace any worn parts and inspect the pipes as well.

2. Clean up small leaks. If left alone, leaks under sinks, toilets, and bathtubs can not only damage the floor but also cause mildew. Isolated, affected areas can simply be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaning agent, but watch for consistent leakage. Repairing a major leak, which often requires tile removal to treat the flooring underneath, can be a costly expense if not repaired before severe damage sets in.

3. Repair, not replace, that old bathtub. Chips in a tub are easy to fix with a ceramic repair kit, putty knife, sandpaper, some detergent and warm water, and is cheaper than replacing the entire tub. After thoroughly cleaning and rinsing the tub, lightly sand over the cracked area before applying ceramic mixture with the putty knife, smoothing away any excess. Once the area has been lightly covered with an acrylic spray, the tub should be ready to use within 24 hours.

There are many ways to save on the high cost of professional services -- or even high water bills -- when you invest a small amount of effort into maintaining of one of the most valued rooms in your home...the bathroom!


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