When you are the parent of a teenager, challenges abound. However, what most first-time parents of teens do not know is that those challenges extend beyond just dealing with dating, school, and learning to drive. Teenagers can also wreak havoc on your home and can cause you to spend a great deal of time and money calling for home repairs and services. Nowhere is this more true than in the bathroom. Learn some of the key bathroom factors that you will need to pay attention to in order to keep your bathrooms looking nice and fully functional.
Double Drain Cleaning Trouble
When you have teenage children, particularly girls, the time spent in the shower and above-the-sink grooming increases exponentially. This means that more hair, beauty and hair products, and other items tend to go down these drains. Plus. if your teenager has long or thick hair, the amount that goes down the drains increases even more.
Be prepared to be cleaning out the drains in your children's bathroom more frequently when they hit adolescence. You can use natural remedies like vinegar and baking soda to dislodge your average clogs.
In fact, when you (or when you make your teens) clean the bathroom, you may want to do this as part of your regular routine. Pour baking soda down the drain and let it settle. Then slowly pour a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water down the drain. Allow this mixture to work through your drain for about 15 minutes while you clean the rest of the bathroom and then run the faucet for a minute to clean any remaining clogs.
If this doesn't work, call a plumbing contractor for professional drain cleaning services and they will be able to snake out those clogged drains quickly and easily.
Wearing Down Those Floors
If you haven't replaced your bathroom flooring in a while or notice the floors in your teen's bathroom are sagging, discolored, or dingy, you may want to consider replacing them. Teens tend to bathe and take more showers than younger children because personal appearance and body odor become more important social factors.
As such, the floors in their bathroom will be subjected to increased moisture and direct contact with water. Consider having your bathroom floors replaced with materials that are known to be highly moisture-resistant materials. These options include vinyl, ceramic tiles, natural stone tiles, or even cork. This will prevent water damage to flooring and also help to prevent mold and mildew growth in your bathroom.
As you can see, teenagers can be tough on the bathrooms in your home. However, by taking a few simple steps, such as remembering to have the drains cleaned, you can reduce this impact and keep your home's bathrooms clean and well-maintained throughout your children's adolescence.