What is considered a bathroom fixture? Bathroom fixtures are significant components of your home. They are things that are installed and can’t be easily removed, like toilets and tubs. There are also light fixtures and exhaust fans, to name a few.
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Replacing bathroom fixtures can be time-consuming and difficult. This is why IERNA’’s Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing is ready to deliver professional bathroom fixture installation for your home.
Reasons to Replace Bathroom Fixtures
No matter how well-kept and maintained a bathroom is, there will come a time when the fixtures must be replaced. How can you tell the time has come for you to consider the replacement of the fixtures in your bathroom? Here are a few reasons that may make you consider a replacement.
A malfunction occurs when a fixture no longer operates the way it is intended to. This can be as simple as a dripping faucet or connection that can’t be tightened. If malfunctions and repair bills start to add up, replacing bathroom fixtures is the next logical step.
Fixture is Loose
Thousands of gallons of fresh water are lost every year because of minor leaks. Most minor leaks can be repaired by tightening up connectors. If a fixture in your bathroom is loose and you can’t tighten it, this is a clear sign it needs to be replaced.
Do you want to have a better-looking bathroom? That’s a good enough reason to consider the replacement of the old fixtures you have now. Modern fixtures often operate better and more efficiently than older fixtures on top of looking better.
Many homes were built long before modern times. This means that the components used to create them are often outdated and, in some cases, even dangerous. If you have old pipes, consider replacing them and the fixtures attached to them.
Signs to Look For
How do you know if your bathroom plumbing fixtures are malfunctioning or your pipes need replacing? Here are a few of the signs you can look for. These signs will indicate whether or not a remodel is appropriate and whether or not you need new bathroom fixtures.
Rust means that metal is oxidized. This process occurs when the protective coating on metal pipes or fixtures is worn off. This common problem occurs as pipes and fixtures begin to show their age. If the water is rusty, this can be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.
Mold spores can begin to grow anywhere that water is. You may notice dark spots or even full-grown mold colonies developing where the drywall crumbles or pipes leak. Act fast to prevent more damage and get a plumber to find and solve the problem.
Small leaks and dribbling faucets aren’t just annoyances. This clearly indicates that the fittings and pipes are not lining up or working correctly. When you notice leaks, it is a clear sign of when to replace bathroom fixtures. Over time, the leaking water can even cause water damage.
Water damage occurs when water is where it’s not supposed to be. Water damage starts off small and grows fast. Construction materials are often susceptible to water. Water damage is often accompanied by mold growth and other problems as well.
Other Water Issues
Here are a few more signs that you need to be aware of. These signs can mean that you need to replace bathroom fixtures. At the very least, have a professional plumber come and check out what’s happening and see to your plumbing needs.
- Unusual odors or smells
- Water discolored
- Low or no water pressure
Bathroom Fixture Lifespans
Even if they don’t become damaged or need repair, bathroom fixtures aren’t going to last forever. Routine plumbing maintenance can help ensure that your fixtures last as long as possible.
How long your sink will last depends on what material it is made of. Porcelain is the longest lasting, but stainless steel is the most durable. Acrylic can look great, but petroleum-based products can damage them and are prone to chipping.
Stainless steel sinks
- 15 to 20 years
- 20 to 30 years
- 10 to 20 years
A good faucet will last between 15 and 20 years if it is installed by a professional and maintained.
A shower is composed of more than one component. Most showers include an enclosure or surround, a head, and many have a door. Showers will last a long time if they are maintained.
- Up to 50 years
- Up to 50 years (although it is recommended to change them out at least once a year)
- Up to 20 years
It is common to think of a toilet as a single fixture, but there are two main components. The insides, or tank components of the toilet, and the toilet itself.
Toilet tank components
- Around 5 years
- 15 to 30 years
Why Use a Professional?
As you can tell, the bathroom fixtures you choose are going to be with you for a long time. One of the most important things to remember is that they won’t last as long if they aren’t properly installed. A professional installer can get the job done faster and better than you can do on your own.
IERNA’s can help you achieve the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of. We can take care of all your plumbing needs, from drain cleaning services to full fixture replacement and remodeling. Our technicians have all the experience, tools, and support they need to exceed your expectations.
Your Bathroom Fixtures
Replacing bathroom fixtures can be done one at a time or in a full bathroom remodel. Whether you are updating bathroom fixtures or replacing everything, ensure you get the fixtures and look you want. You’ll be using your bathroom every day, so don’t settle for less than the best.
IERNA’s Cooling, Heating, and Plumbing will make sure that you get the bathroom fixtures you want and that they are installed properly.