When it comes to home maintenance, most homeowners don’t think much about replacing shower fixtures. They’re unobtrusive and most issues are either small enough to ignore or easy to fix. Although small, things like showerheads, faucets, or pipes are still important parts of your home. A minor issue with these fixtures can grow into a bigger problem and affect the rest of your plumbing.
Repairs usually do the job, but some fixtures need to be completely replaced. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your shower fixtures:
It’s Been a While Since You’ve Replaced It
While proper care and maintenance can make a plumbing fixture last longer, you should also know when it has reached the end of its lifespan. Most people don’t realize that showerheads should be replaced every 6 to 8 months, especially if you live in an area with hard water. Showerheads are prone to dirt, sediment, bacteria, and mold build-up that can be serious health risks.
Some bathroom fixtures have longer lifespans, like a shower heater, which can last for about 10-15 years. Meanwhile, bathroom faucets can last for about 15-20 years. With frequent cleaning and maintenance, they can last for much longer. Just remember that if something needs constant repair, it’s better to just replace it.
They’re Rusted and Corroded
Bathrooms tend to be more humid, which is why your bathroom sinks, faucets, and pipes are more prone to rusting and corrosion. If you notice rust stains and corrosion on your bathroom fixtures, you can try getting rid of them with some dish soap or white vinegar. But, if the damage is too severe and simply cleaning it doesn’t do the job, then it might be better and easier to just replace it.
There’s Mold and Mildew
If you notice an unpleasant odor in your bathroom even after you’ve cleaned it, it’s probably due to mold, mildew, or bacteria. They thrive in wet places, which makes your showerheads, faucets, and even your bathroom floors and walls vulnerable.
If you notice many little black spots on any of your bathroom or plumbing fixtures, that means that black mold is present. In this case, replacing the fixture is the best and safest option since black mold can be a serious health risk.
Call a Professional Plumber
If you’re thinking of replacing shower fixtures in your home, it’s best to have it done by a professional. Premier Plumbing and Leak Detection, LLC offers all kinds of maintenance services, including fixture repair and replacements. Feel free to call us at (352) 219-5880 to schedule your appointment.