Preventing Accidents Before They Happen
Non-slip surfaces for bathrooms aren’t really an option. Washrooms and kitchens have two of the most dangerous slippery surfaces in the home. In kitchens, the danger is spilling slippery fluids on the kitchen floor, in bathing spaces it’s slipping in the tub or on wet slick tiles.
Your bathing area also contains fixtures to crash into, and they’re not mobile, so any anti-slip floor treatments to eliminate or reduce falling would be a God send. Accidents can happen at frightening speeds, and the surfaces are hard and unforgiving.
Preventing injury, trips and falls in your bath through proper preventive maintenance and the application of anti-slide floor coatings is a must. A slippery floor is not the sort of situation you want happening to your guests, yourself or an elderly family member, and your home insurance may need a tune-up or a check to cover it.
Bathroom Fall Prevention Basics
The best option for preventing slips, trips and falls in your bathroom is to check the condition of your tiles, bath mats, and anywhere exposed to water or soap on your surfaces.
These are the things to look out for to prevent unnecessary injury in your grooming spaces:
Old tiles are sometimes slippery because of mold, or because of worn surfaces.
Old mats can either glue themselves to the tiles, (not good, means the moisture is getting under them) or turn into surfboards.
Some cleaning fluids and soap can collect around lower surfaces on the slopes around the shower outlet, around the bath, unnoticed. Leaks or broken seals around the sink, bath and shower can let out water, and make areas slippery.
Smells mean there’s a blockage somewhere and water is going where you don’t want it to go. If it smells like mold, get cracking on some control, instantly.
Plumbing issues like leaky taps, shower heads and pipes should be checked out. Stains are a telltale of water which is leaking sporadically.
The safest approach is to check out what needs doing systematically as you go through your bathroom.
When you Know You’ve got a “Non Slip Surface” job on Your Hands
If it’s an older bath, some damage control is possible, and the quick fixes do help, but the place is probably overdue for a general maintenance approach.
Old tiles: Replace them if the grout is looking seriously deteriorated. The grout won’t hold forever, and is probably past expiry date.
Leaks around shower, bath and sink: These must be fixed, preferably yesterday or sooner. Free water can seep into the walls and cause very expensive problems.
Mold: A lot of brown mold means a lot of possible issues, because when the mold spreads, it creates dangerous surfaces. Make sure the bathroom is well ventilated, and conduct all-out war on the mold. Go out after you’ve applied the mold killer to avoid inhaling the fumes, and don’t let young kids anywhere near the room until it’s thoroughly cleaned out.
Plumbing issues: See if you can identify any defects in the plumbing, but if you’re not sure call a plumber. Do not do anything drastic to old plumbing, you can make things a lot worse in a hurry.
There are a couple forms on good non slip treatments:
Specially designed non slip materials, including treated stone is a helpful preventative non-slip surface for bathrooms.
Non slip applications such as chemical treatments which waterproof’s the surface and provides good traction on the tiles or stone.And don’t forget about the simple everyday solutions such as non slip bath safety circles, anti slip decals and the old stand in, bath mats.
If you’re looking to replace your old tiles, it’s best to get the non slip materials from the outset. If you’re working with older tiles and don’t want to replace them, go for the non slip treatment, and shop around for quotes to get the best bang for your buck.
Play safe- You shouldn’t have to risk your life for a shower, prevent slips, trips and falls in your washroom by proper maintenance of your bath and using anti-slip treatments on your floor surfaces. And it wouldn’t hurt either to keep your home insurance up to date just in case.
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