Sinks, Faucets, Tubs and Showers

Kitchens and lavatories (wash basins or sinks) in bathrooms can be made from ceramic, glass, metal, enameled metal, stone composites or real stone. Tubs and showers can be made from enamel over steel, moulded acrylic, fiberglass, or an acrylic base with tile on the surrounding walls.

Cracks, Chips or Scratches in Bathroom Fixtures

The resistance of bathroom fixtures to scratches, chips, stains and fading varies. Always follow the manufacturer╩╝s recommendations for cleaning and maintaining these surfaces. Do not use abrasive cleaners and exercise care as hard surfaces that are dropped on bathroom fixtures or surfaces will chip or dent most materials.

Bathtub, Shower or Shower Doors Leak

Sealants are used in many areas around and near a bathtub or shower. Sealant may be used between the tub and the tile, where the bathtub is installed and surrounded by tile walls. It may also be used to seal a doorframe into a tub opening or a shower stall. Rubber or vinyl seals are typically used where swinging doors or sliding doors on tubs or showers come in contact with a doorframe (usually at the bottom of the door and along the sides).

Over time, with regular use and cleaning, seals and sealants can wear and will require replacing. To replace sealant, you must remove the old sealant, clean the substrate and replacement with a colour-matched or clear, mildew resistant sealant. When it comes time to replace a shower door seal, contact a professional plumbing service provider that stocks tubs and showers by the same manufacturer. They can assist you in locating the correct type and size of seal for replacement.

Leaking Faucets and Fixtures

Useful Tip:

Dripping taps can waste 9,000 litres of hot water each year. Replace leaky washers and save the hot water for when you really need it!

Most new faucets are built using a cartridge assembly design that reduces dripping and eliminates routine maintenance (compared to older faucets that used less effective rubber washers to reduce dripping). The smooth and glossy surfaces on plumbing fixtures are beautiful and tough but they are not indestructible. Faucets can develop leaks over time and the surface can become dull if cleaned with abrasive cleansers.

Faucets or showerheads can develop leaks over time from mineral deposits or wear of the components. If this occurs, contact the manufacturer to find out if the fixture can be cleaned or if a replacement part exists for your particular brand and model of fixture. Faucets with cartridge designs are more complex than yesterday╩╝s washer-style faucets. Contact a professional plumbing service provider if repairs are required.

General Maintenance

Faucets and toilets are mechanical devices and require periodic maintenance or replacement of parts. Although they are generally designed using smooth and glossy surfaces that appear tough, they are not indestructible. If parts of your plumbing system require repair, contact a professional service provider.

  • Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners because they will wear through the surface over time and dull the finish or even make it porous.
  • Do use mild and nonabrasive cleaners to clean sink faucets.
  • Do not attempt to repair your faucet, toilet or other parts of your plumbing systems if you do not have the proper tools, skills or knowledge to do so. Damages made while attempting to repair plumbing systems can make issues much worse (i.e., damage pipes, increase leaking, etc) and may become more costly to repair.