Thursday, August 29, 2013

Facts About Water Damage You Probably Didn't Know

Did you know that the bathroom is the most susceptible location for water damage in your entire house? We found a great list of 10 Bathroom Water Damage Facts that are helpful to think about for any bathroom.

Bathroom Water Damage Facts Most People Don't Know

Ever wonder what can be lurking in your toilet? Or where all of that water went when your sink overflowed? What could be growing behind the walls? Keep reading to learn some interesting bathroom facts you probably didn't know.

  • Did you know that the bathroom is the most susceptible location for water damage in your entire house? There are so many little bits of information and facts you may not know that could possibly save your bathroom from potential water damage. Read on below for nine more bathroom water damage tidbits we bet you didn't know, but would love to find out!
  • Invisible plumbing problems such as clogged drains can stop your bathtub and shower from completely drying after usage, and can signal severe problems underneath the bathtub. To prevent further bathroom water damage, these inconspicuous plumbing troubles should be inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
  • The toilet is one of the household fixtures that can cause the majority of bathroom water damage in the home. Never ignore any water found around the toilet. The toilet lines should constantly be checked for leaks, and the toilet rims, seats, and the toilet tank should be regularly checked as well. Also inspect the seal of the toilet. If the seal does not work anymore, there will be leakage from the toilet, causing disastrous bathroom water damage.
  • If the bathroom floor is soft, damage may already be in the process of occurring.
  • The exhaust fan is an essential bathroom asset for the maintenance of low humidity levels. Assisting to keep the area dry and ventilated, the exhaust fan is an added security against the destruction that bathroom water damage causes. Be sure to turn on the fan during and following a warm/hot shower or bath to prevent moisture accumulation. Routine cleaning and inspection can ensure that your exhaust fan is always operating properly. Is it suggested to wire the fan to automatically function when the bathroom is used. 
  • Hanging deodorants in the toilet bowl can increase the chances of a clog, especially in low-flow toilets. Skip the fancy deodorizers if you want to keep your bowl clog-free and lessen your chances of bathroom water damage.
  • Blisters along caulked areas, or discolored floor stains can suggest water leakage. Although these blemishes may seem small to the naked eye, do not underestimate the extent of the water damage in your bathroom. Just a tiny leak can be a sign of an enormous problem on pipes and drains that are not exposed and cannot be seen. Furthermore, the water that penetrates into the floor encourages growth of mold, fungi, and other microorganisms that feed on the wood, causing more bathroom water damage.

Friday, August 23, 2013

How to Clean Your Bathroom Quickly

Now that we're on the cusp of Fall, it's time to give your bathroom a good cleaning to scrub away the end of Summer. With back-to-school events and football games, it's not always easy to find the time to give your bathroom a thorough cleaning. Here's a few time-saving bathroom tips we found at

Every Day:

  • Wipe out the sink
  • Wipe the toilet seat and rim
  • Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush
  • Wipe the mirror and faucet
  • Squeeze the shower door
  • Spray the entire shower and the curtain liner with shower mist after every use
Every Week: 
  • Scrub the tub
  • Scrub the tiles
  • Mop the floor
  • Wipe the switch plates, door knobs, and doorjambs
  • Empty and wipe out the wastebasket
Every Season: 
  • Take down the shower curtain, then launder it according to the care instructions. 
  • Empty, weed, and clean the medicine cabinet. 
  • Thoroughly clean the sink and tub.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bath Planet Featured in Journal of Business

Bath Planet was recently featured in an article in the Journal of Business on Wednesday, August 15th. The article featured Bath Planet dealer Charles Hartshorn. The article focuses on Charles' Bath Planet showroom and how he caters to senior clients with aging-in-place solutions. The article also talks about how the Valley shop's service area included all of Eastern Washington and extends into Northern Idaho and a few counties in Northeast Oregon.

Bathroom remodeler opens store in Valley

"Charles Hartshorn, a longtime contractor specializing in bathroom remodels, has opened a Bath Planet dealership and workshop in Spokane Valley.

Bath Planet occupies 2,400 square feet of space at 17702 E. Sprague. A portion of the space is a showroom, and the rest is contractor shop space.

The company focuses on bathtub and shower modifications and installing walk-in tubs and showers, Hartshorn says. It also sells and installs grab bars and safety accessories, he says.

"We have a lot of senior clients," Hartshorn says, adding that Bath Planet's products and services can help aging, mobility impaired, and disabled people function more independently in their bathrooms.

The store employs six people, including three installers who can handle most bathroom remodel jobs, Hartshorn says. The Valley shop's service area includes all of Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and a few counties in northeast Oregon.

Hartshorn says Bath Planet can complete most jobs in a day. Bath Planet's products come with a lifetime guarantee, he says."

-Mike McLean

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