As time goes on, your bathtub may start to show signs that will warrant replacing. Here are some common signs to look for if you are considering replacing your bathtub:
Leaks are one of the biggest dangers of bathtubs as they can lead to foundation damage or mold growth. If you see large puddles on the floor after using your bathtub, this can be a clear sign that there’s a leak somewhere in your tub. You can test for leaks by filling your tub and plugging it. If the water level lowers after a few hours, you may have a leak. You can either locate the leak and attempt to patch it or replace your bathtub.
2. Chipping and Cracking
Chipping can lead to cracking in your bathtub if not properly addressed. A small chip needs to be immediately patched, or it will allow moisture to seep in, which will make your tub more prone to rusting or leaking. If you notice your bathtub cracking or chipping, you may need to replace it.
3. Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew develop when there’s an excess of moisture present. If ignored, these elements can cause heavy structural damage in addition to causing respiratory issues and other health problems. If you sense the presence of mold or mildew, address it immediately. You can remove mold and mildew through various cleaning methods such as bleach and vinegar.
Stains are a result of hard water, which leads to a build-up of soap scum in your bathtub. Over time the protective finish on your tub will begin to wear off, and you will notice your tub will start attracting a ring of dirt and grime that can be quite difficult to remove. When this happens, you will either need to refinish your bathtub or replace it.
5. Uncomfortable or Difficult to Use
Your bathtub is designed to fit the contours of your body, but sometimes it may be too small or too big, making it uncomfortable to use. If you can’t enjoy your bathtub, than it is simply wasting space and you should consider a replacement. Additionally, as it ages, some material may begin to warp or flex, making it increasingly uncomfortable to use. There are many options available on the market today, so you can always replace your bathtub for a more comfortable model.
6. Fading color/look
Your bathtub may be outdated compared to the rest of your bathroom. A dated bathtub can severely impact the rest of your bathroom, so you can either paint your bathtub or replace it.
If your bathtub is starting to show it’s age, it may be time to replace it. Over time, depending on the material you choose, your bathtub may begin to look and feel uncomfortable to use.
This means that the material is starting to break down and it is best to replace it.
Bathtub Maintenance Tips
Scrub the tub each month
You’ll want to scrub the grout, your drain, faucets, and any open surface to prevent mold, mildew, scrum or mineral build-up. If you don’t regularly do this step, it can be quite difficult to clean over time. Ensure that you scrub your tub every month or so to prevent buildup and to thoroughly clean your bathtub. You can purchase a commercial scrubbing solution or mix your own with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Wax your bathtub
Apply wax polish to your bathtub regularly to prevent water and residue buildup. Wax polish can also help to seal small cracks until you can fix them. Bathtub wax is available at many retail locations and is a great solution for protecting your bathtub short term.
Apply caulk as necessary whenever you notice any cracks or chipping. Silicone caulk will seal any problems and last up to 5 years. It provides an inexpensive means of repairing your bathtub, but keep in mind that it may look less appealing over time.
Quick rinse after use
In general, most bathtub material needs to be dry and if moisture builds up, it can lead to unpleasant elements on your bathtub’s surface. A quick rinse with water can prevent this and reduce the amount of cleaning in the future. This can be done just by running the tap or spraying down your bathtub after use. Ensure that you rinse off all exposed surfaces to help maintain your bathtub.
Spray it down with gentle cleanser each week
A gentle cleanser simply breaks down any residuals from bathing and prevents it from caking up your bathtub. You can purchase bathtub cleansers from any major cleaning brands or make your own with water and white vinegar. Once you spray your tub, let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off.