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Did You Know? Common Questions and Answers about Bathrooms

If you have a question about your bathroom, check out the common questions and answers below as you may just learn something about bathroom mirrors, tiles and even urinals.

Q. Why Do Bathroom Mirrors Fog?

Bathroom mirrors fog up because warm moist air hits your cold mirror; the warm air is cooled down by the cold surface of the mirror. Cold air holds less moisture than warm air, so the excess condenses as liquid water on the mirror’s surface.

If you would like to avoid your mirror fogging up, the temperature of its surface will need to be heated so it’s the same temperature or a little warmer. Placing the mirror over a radiator will achieve this. Or one can also get rid of fog, by getting a demister mirror for their bathrooms. These mirrors come with heating demisters, which heats the bathroom mirror. To know more about demister mirrors, click here.

Bathroom Fog Mirrors

Q. Why Don’t we use Urinals at Home?

Although urinals save a lot of room and in some cases can be a lot more environmentally friendly than some toilets, 99% of homes do not contain a urinal. When houses are being designed, no-one knows for sure who is going to be living there. If the designers make the mistake of placing a urinal in the residential bathroom when the house is occupied by women, it will be deemed unnecessary.

A toilet and a urinal could be installed at the same time, but that would need extra plumbing and a bigger bathroom, which isn’t always possible. If a bathroom comes with a toilet it caters for both males and females and it suitable for all users. Urinals are installed mostly in commercial places such as Cinemas, Hospitals, Stadiums, Offices and Shopping Malls. To know more urinals, click here.

Q. Why Does the Shower Smell?

Occasionally showers smell because the adjoining drains and pipes may have become blocked or stagnant water has accumulated in the drain. A build-up of bacteria will cause the nasty smell which will not disappear until it is dealt with. Sometimes merely clearing the built up water or getting rid of whatever is causing the smell will solve the problem.

You can take the trap apart and clean it out, but wear rubber gloves because it is a dirty job. If that does not clear the drain then phone a plumber.

Baby in a Shower

Q. Where Does the Mold Come From

Mold spores are everywhere. In the air you breathe there are small numbers of spores. Mold spores need moisture to grow. Bathrooms are warm and full of moisture so mold spores have the optimum conditions for growth.

When there is no chance for moisture to escape from a bathroom, mold starts to grow. If you want to prevent mold from growing you need to make sure you vent your bathroom by using an extractor fan if you have one or making sure you leave your bathroom windows open after you have a shower.
A buildup of mold and damp can cause a lot of aesthetic and structural damage to your bathroom and the rest of the building; it also poses health risks. This is why it’s essential you get an extractor fan built into your bathroom and leave it on while you shower.

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Q. Can I Use Wall Tiles on my bathroom floor?

Wall tiles are also thinner and are not designed to take the weight of people standing on them and will crack. They are usually smaller and will look “wrong” when used on the floor.

Q. What to Do if a Baby Poops in the Bath Tub?

If your baby poops in the bath, don’t panic, it’s quite a normal thing for a baby to do.

When you put your little one in the bath, the warm water will act as a relaxant, which makes your baby more likely to move their bowels. In fact it’s more common for a baby to move their bowels while they’re in the bath than when they’re wearing a diaper.

Placing a constipated baby in the bath is quite common as it encourages bowel movements, so as you can see it’s nothing unusual and in fact it can be quite a positive thing.

Baby in the bath tubs

If your little one does happen to poop in the tub, don’t worry, just remove them from the bathwater and then remove the poop. Let the water drain out of the bath, and give it a rinse over before adding water once more.

Always make sure you re-fill the bath with clean water so your baby does not come into contact with bacteria.

You may also want to think about how often your baby uses the tub as a toilet. A lot of babies will defecate once they have eaten, so you might want to make sure you don’t place him or her in the tub until about an hour after they’ve had a meal.

Remember to consider your baby’s safety at all times, it only takes a few moments for them to drown in a tub, so make sure you never leave their side even if it’s to clean up a little mess they made.

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