Article Source: Better Living
Problems in the bathroom can be messy tasks we don’t want to think about. In reality, they happen to all of us eventually. The good news is, quick and easy solutions exist when it comes to clearing up slow drains and other troublesome issues in the bathroom. Here are three common ones, how to fix them and how to keep them from coming back.
Problem: Slow drains
While you shower, there’s no ickier feeling than the sensation of water creeping up around your ankles. The culprit? It’s likely a hair clog.
The fix: Since this is a physical barrier, home remedies like baking soda and vinegar aren’t going to be much help. The best thing you can do is remove the stopper over your drain and yank out the clump of hair with a drain snake or even a bent wire hanger.
Ongoing maintenance: For just a few dollars, you can purchase a mesh screen barrier that fits right over the drain opening to catch the hair that can block your drain.
Problem: Ineffective bathroom fan
One day, you realize what you have is just a noisy box tucked up into your ceiling that doesn’t seem to be removing any steam at all. That’s a sure sign it needs a good cleaning.
The fix: Remove the cover and motor to clean them. You’ll also want to clean the exhaust pipe with a vacuum hose attachment. Once it’s reassembled, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the steam from your next shower disappears!
Ongoing maintenance: Every year or so, pull off the cover and check for dust building. Don’t forget to wipe the cover clean as well.
Problem: Black mold in the shower
Bathrooms should be spaces to relax and recharge, but it’s hard to do that when your grout takes on the appearance of a wedge of long forgotten cheese.
The fix: Try making a paste with baking soda and bleach, and then apply it directly to the grout, being carful not to get any of this paste on your shower surrounds as the bleach could effect the finish. Allow it to rest a few minutes and scrub away the stains with a toothbrush. If grout is deeply stained or worn, it may be time to replace it.
Ongoing maintenance: The key to preventing black mold on your grout is removing as much moisture as possible after every shower. Use the bathroom fan, and keep a squeegee on hand to wipe clear any residual water drops.