5 Things Your Bathroom Is Trying to Tell You
The modern bathroom is a splendorous thing. It keeps us clean, removes our waste, and can even relax us after a hectic day. Unsurprisingly, most bathrooms are not without their weaknesses, but if you pay attention, your bathroom can often express just what needs to be done to make it better.
If you can’t see yourself in the bathroom mirror, your bathroom is trying to tell you it needs better ventilation.
Poor ventilation in bathrooms doesn’t just make getting dolled up after a shower more difficult, it can also lead to mold growth and the premature aging of building materials. A good bathroom ventilation system can exchange all of the air in the room in about 5 minutes. If the air in your bathroom stays stale for 10 minutes or more, you can get a brand new fan installed for about $380.
If your shower goes cold or is slow to heat up, your bathroom is trying to tell you that your hot water heater is being over worked.
Few things are a worse start to your day than trying to wash soap from your eyes in ice cold water. The average cost of installing a new water heater is about $925, and according to the feedback we’ve gathered, a solid 94.7 percent of homeowners who’ve taken the leap are happy they did!
If your body is cold before, during, or after a shower, your bathroom is trying to tell you to supplement its heating.
Having a single, small heat source in the bathroom can go a long way in making it a more comfortable environment. There are several options that will fit the bill in this scenario, and a few (like an electric heater in the wall) can easily be purchased for less than $100.
If you’ve been planning a bathroom remodel anyway, you may want to consider radiant floor heating. Not only will this make the room more comfortable to walk in barefoot, according to the Department of Energy’s EERE Consumer’s Guide, “[radiant heating] is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating.”
If your water bill is through the roof, your bathroom is telling you to upgrade your fixtures and stop your leaks.
Though there are several factors that come into play when it comes to water consumption, the American Water Works Association tells us that, “By installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking for leaks, households can reduce daily per capita water use by about 35 percent.” Efficient showerheads can cost as little as $10 or $20.
If you have to leave the room to dry your hair or shave, your bathroom may be telling you that it wants an outlet installed.
Older bathrooms, especially, are often lacking in the electricity department. Today, however, when everything from blow-dryers to toothbrushes needs to be plugged in, the $300 or $400 it takes to have an electrician come in and install a new outlet is probably a sound investment.