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Rub a Dub Dub: The Top Signs You Need a New Bathtub

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Taking care of your home can sometimes feel like a never-ending job.

There’s a constant stream of repairs that need your attention. Items that need to be replaced, and stuff falling apart.

This includes bathtubs. After all, a bathtub isn’t designed to last forever.

Many people don’t give much thought to this area of the home until something goes wrong, and that’s when you’ll realize how much you’ve taken it for granted.

This article takes a look at how to know when it’s time to invest in a new bathtub.

There are certain signs you’ll need to watch for. So keep reading to see some great tips for recognizing when you have a problem.

It’s Beginning to Leak

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It’s not unusual for a bathtub to starting leaking at some point. In fact, it’s actually quite common.

Bathtubs are designed to hold water, but the materials can eventually wear out, and seams can fail, allowing water to penetrate.

Leakage is one of the easier ways to know that it’s time to replace your tub.

There are steps you can take to repair a leaky tub, but a patched leak might not hold forever, so be prepared to start shopping for a replacement.

It’s Stained

It’s important to clean your tub on a regular basis. This keeps it sanitary while also preventing stains.

And you might be surprised at how quickly stains can appear.

Obviously, the older the tub, the more likely it will start showing stains that are difficult to scrub away.

These stains might not be noticeable at first, so you have to scrub hard to get rid of them.

And once the stains take hold, your tub will quickly look old.

This sign of age is another sign that it might be time to consider getting a new one.

It’s Too Small

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Keep in mind that bathtubs aren’t necessarily designed to be one-size-fits-all.

If you purchased your home when your kids were small, they might eventually outgrow the tub they use the most.

That’s right, children can outgrow a tub in the same way they outgrow their clothes.

Small children grow into teenagers, and as they grow, you’ll begin to think that their tub has begun to shrink.

But, of course, the tub remains the same size. Thus you’ll need to adjust to your growing family.

This means either your kids will need to start taking showers, stop growing, or you’ll need to invest in a bigger tub.

It’s Too Big

On the other hand, your tub might actually be too big.

If you’ve bought an older home with a huge tub, this could be a problem with small children.

Large bathtubs also hold a lot of water, which can be undesirable if you’re wanting to save money on your utility bill.

It’s Producing Mildew and Mold

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Mildew and mold can become a serious problem that you want to avoid at all costs.

Not only is it unpleasant to look at, but it can also become a health issue if not properly dealt with.

Bathrooms provide an ideal environment for mold and mildew. This is especially true of bathtubs.

After all, they hold water, and moisture tends to attract yucky stuff that grows in damp, shady places.

This is another reason why it’s important to frequently clean your tub.

Scrubbing with the proper cleaning solutions will keep the bathroom looking great, and will help reduce the chances of mold and mildew forming.

It’s Difficult to Get In and Out

The wrong bathtub can also create a significant issue for people with disabilities, or those who are beginning to age.

Getting in and out can become a problem. After all, when you’re trying to stand from a sitting position or vice versa, footing can often be difficult.

Tubs are made of materials that are hard and smooth, and the smoother the surface becomes, the more troublesome footing will become as well.

The design and shape of the tub can have a huge impact on your ability to get in and out, increasing the odds of slipping or losing your balance.

This is dangerous, thus a new tub might be in order.

It Won’t Accommodate Your Mobility

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Aging can result in mobility issues. This is can be true for you or someone in your household, has suffered an injury that makes it difficult to get around like you used to.

Having mobility issues is difficult enough in daily life without having to worry about the challenges of getting in and out of the bathtub.

Fortunately, there are plenty of designs  that can help reduce mobility issues while bathing.

It’s Not Comfortable

Anyone who has ever taken a warm bath after a long, hard day understands that there are few things in the world more soothing or relaxing.

Letting your body soak in warm, sudsy bathwater is about as good as it gets.

And yet this experience is far less pleasant if your tub is uncomfortable.

It could be too deep, too short, or too narrow, making it hard to relax. A new one could make all the difference.

It Doesn’t Match the Style of Your Bathroom

Or it could be a matter of decor. Perhaps your tub doesn’t match the style of the rest of the bathroom.

Or you’ve decided to renovate the bathroom and the style of your tub simply no longer fits with your new ideas.

Either way, choosing a new tub might be the only way to pull everything together to create the bathroom of your dreams.

Signs It’s Time for a New Bathtub

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As you can see, there are plenty of reasons for needing a new bathtub.

It could be to help with a physical need, to change the look of your bathroom, or because the old one now leaks.

Whatever the case, a new tub is a great way to breathe new life into your bathroom.

If you found this article informative, be sure to keep browsing our website for more helpful design tips.

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