When we renovated our bathroom I said to myself that I was going to look after it. After all the hard work that we put into it to tile it ourselves from floor to ceiling I wasn’t prepared to see it end up looking bad and water damaged.
So I thought I would put together some of my top tips on keeping your bathroom tiles free of water damage.
If you have tiled from floor to ceiling like we have you have covered over a lot of your water pipes. So if there was a leak behind the tiles you wouldn’t know straight away. Keep an eye out for stains on the other side of the wall or ceilings underneath.
Be aware of pipe work
When adding in any fixtures or fittings make sure you are not going to hammer a nail or screw a screw into any of the pipes underneath either the floor or walls. Hubby made that mistake once as he hammered a nail into the central heating pipe in the floor, I can tell you a lot of water comes out of those pipes!! We had to call an emergency plumber out quickly to repair it.
The most obvious one is that you must grout the tiles, this is a hard filler that keeps water from getting under the tiles and lifting them. You can get grout in various colours to co-ordinate with your tiles. However once you have grouted you must make sure you keep it up together, if you see any cracks in the grout or bits falling out, quickly repair this.
Tiles are usually put on around baths, showers and sinks so lots of water is usually hanging around the bottom of the tiles, so it is best to add a row of waterproof sealant around the bottom of the tiles. You can buy all different types of bathroom sealant in various colours including anti-mould. This stops water sitting on the bottom of the tiles and leaking down through the gaps. Again, make sure you keep an eye on this for any gaps or peeling away of the sealant as the water can easily get under this so repair quickly.
Bathrooms get so much moisture from the water collecting in the room, this has to go somewhere so the less you can have sitting on the tiles the better. You can purchase extractor fans which extract the moisture out of the house into the outside. These will need to be professionally fitted by an electrician as you need them correctly wired in and made safe.
If you don’t have an extractor or waiting for one to be put in then simply open the windows! It maybe a little chilly in the winter but it gives the moisture a chance to get out of the house, also it will dry out the room quicker.
Again this is another maintenance look out, keep an eye out for any tile cracks as the water can easily get behind the tiles. Make sure when your purchasing your tiles you have a few extra to replace any cracked tiles.