When there’s a slippery floor, protruding objects, sharp corners, and naked cables, you hardly call the bathroom safe. Do you?
Do you know how many accidents happen in the bathroom? Or seen from a different perspective, how easily someone can be injured in the bathroom?
While the dangers lurking in the bathroom go beyond the room’s layout, its bad condition, its dated form – all things that urge you to seriously think a remodel, it’s important to consider the odds of an accident before you even book your reno. Yes, your health and physical integrity may be threatened by chemicals emitted from a freshly refinished tub. Or by chemicals used to clean the bathroom.
But most dangers and hazards result from corrosion, mold, slippery floors, bad electrical work – all things that made you consider the bathroom remodeling in the first place. And so, everything related to the remodel of your bathroom is significant – the contractor, the materials, planning, pipes position, just to name a few. Should we see the most important ones or rather which are the points you should focus on?
Get proper bathroom materials
With the wrong bathroom materials, you run two risks: health hazards and injuries. Although the two are quite unrelated, they both stem from choosing unsuitable materials for the bathroom. Let us take a closer look.
• How can you be injured due to the material? It has to do with how slippery the floor is. While tile floors are often installed in bathrooms due to their resistance to moisture, not all tiles are the same. Avoid glossy ones. Get anti-slippery tiles, designed for bathrooms. Also, avoid mats that slip on the floor. They are not safe as you exit the shower and step on them. It’s equally important to make sure the tub or the shower cabinet is not slippery.
• Wood looks great in bathrooms but must be treated, especially if there’s a wooden floor that can get easily wet from splashes. When this happens repeatedly, wood rots. Termites find a perfect place for them to feed on and grow. Prevent such infestations by either avoiding wood altogether or making sure it is treated and installed without gaps.
Put good ventilation
Good bathroom ventilation is surely needed for the odors, but also to prevent mold infestation. This is crucial for health reasons. All bathrooms have humidity. That’s unavoidable. The secret to avoid mold buildup is to create the basis for easy and fast steam exhaust. This happens with windows and proper ventilation.
Change the corroded pipes
Bathroom pipes – whether you see them or not, may get corroded with time. That’s bad news for your health, even if you don’t drink the bathroom water. Corrosion may lead to lead. This metal is truly dangerous. No wonder your bathroom renovation must include the replacement of all pipes.
Make sure everything is installed right
Should I give you an example? You grab the towel rack so that you won’t fall but due to its improper installation, it’s removed and you fall anyway. Always make sure every little thing is properly placed and nothing jiggles. Things you never think about may cause the worse accidents.
Hire a professional bathroom remodeler
Naturally, to have everything done right, you need a professional bathroom remodeling contractor. Focus on that. Ask around. Get opinions. Read reviews. If you have a trusted team remodeling the bathroom, you will get a good layout, excellent work, the proper materials – no protruding items, inconvenient layouts that may cause injuries. One of the most important things in bathrooms? Anything related to the power. It’s vital that all electrical outlets are safe for you to use. It’s crucial that the bathroom lighting wiring is protected and there’s no danger at all. One more reason why you need a good bathroom renovation company.